Secretary-General of Parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake, said steps will be taken to set up a separate Budget Office in Parliament, to monitor financial affairs, by directly obtaining information related to the Government’s financial control including income and expenditure.
The Secretary-General said this at a special public service programme jointly organised by the Parliament’s Communication Department and the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) under the sponsorship of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in line with the International Day of Democracy on 15 September.
A group of young social activists, representing all the districts in the island participated in this programme organised under the theme ‘Democracy and the Role of the Youth Community.’
The Secretary-General explained the steps taken to further strengthen the Parliament, including the establishment of several new committees like the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, and the Committee on Economic Stabilisation, as in the developed democratic countries.
Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary-General of Parliament Kushani Rohanadeera, Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando, Administrative Director of Parliament G. Thatchanarany , Chief Hansard Editor Nayani Lokukodikara, Director of Legislative Services and Director of Communication (Acting) Janakantha Silva, Director of Information Systems and Management Mahesh Perera, and Chief Research Officer Ayesha Godagama contributed as resource persons.
There were programmes to educate the youth in several areas including democracy and the role of the youth community, Parliamentary affairs including legislation, Standing Orders and the role of the Member of Parliament. The programme was conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil. In addition, a special Parliamentary tour was also organised for this group.