Five Acts to be amended
By Thameenah Razeek
Cabinet has advised the Legal Draftsman to prepare draft bills for the amendment of five acts, including the National Minimum Wage of Workers Act No. 3 of 2016.
The Immigrants and Emigrants Act, Stamp Duty (Special Provisions) Act No. 12 of 2006, Provincial Councils (Transfer of Stamp Duty) Act No. 13 of 2011, Community Based Correction Act No. 46 of 1999 and Section 53 of the Penal Code (provisions applicable for imposing death penalty on minors) are also to be amended.
Addressing the Weekly Cabinet Media briefing on Tuesday (19) at the Department of Government Information, Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said proposals submitted to Cabinet in relation to the amendment of these Acts have been referred to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Constitutional Affairs for recommendation. Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the proposal presented by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to amend the Financial Transaction Reporting Act No. 6 of 2006, Prevention of Money Laundering Act No. 5 of 2006 and Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act No. 25 of 2005.
“The Legal Review Committee and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering have identified shortcomings in the Financial Transactions Reporting Act and Cabinet granted approval on 5 May 2010 to amend the Act as approved by the National Steering Committee with the recommendations of the Financial Task Force,” the Cabinet proposal stated.
It also noted that the process of drafting amendments was commenced and subsequently, a few additional amendments were identified in the mutual evaluation conducted by the Asia Pacific Group during 2014/2015.