Devananda tells Canadian HC: 20A will revive 1978 Constitution
Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda told the Canadian High Commissioner David McKinnon that the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill is reviving the original 1978 Constitution, which the people had accepted at the time.
McKinnon paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Fisheries at Maligawatte on 16 October.
Devananda explained that the present Government had got a clear mandate from the people to amend the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the proposed 20th Amendment is in accordance with the mandate given.
He further explained that there is propaganda in the media that the 20th Amendment would diminish the power of the Parliament and strengthen the Executive.
He further added that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution would in no way be affected by the 20th Amendment as told by Tamil politicians to the media.
Meanwhile, Devananda also requested McKinnon to provide expertise and technological assistance to help reduce the post-harvest loss the fishermen incurred. About 35 per cent of the fish harvested by fishermen are deemed unfit for sale.
McKinnon agreed to explore the possibility of helping Sri Lanka in this regard. He also briefed Devananda about the existing arrangement and cooperation between the Ocean University of Sri Lanka and the Canadian Marine Institutes.
Devananda emphasised that though this Government was elected by the majority votes of the South, the Government is treating all citizens equally. Citing an example, he said that the Prime Minister had offered financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to each of the selected kovils as they are gearing up to hold the Navaraththri celebration.