Speaker disappointed over front-benchers’ absence
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday (30) expressed his disappointment over Ministers of front benches in the Chamber not attending Parliamentary sittings.
The Speaker who addressed Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando told the latter to inform the ministers not to avoid attending the sittings.
The Speaker: “I am highly disappointed to see empty seats in the front benches. None of the ministers who are sitting beside the Chief Government Whip are present. I request the Chief Government Whip to advise them to attend the sittings frequently as it is a collective responsibility of the House.”
Furthermore, the Speaker said that all the ministers never miss sittings where the President participates.
“It seems that we might have to request the President to attend every sitting at this scale, to have ministers in the Chamber,” he stressed.