Special COPE meeting discusses key issues, future sessions
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
A special meeting of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) was held in Parliament yesterday (21) under the chairmanship of Dr. Charitha Herath. A number of issues including the future proceedings of the Committee and the institutions to be summoned were discussed at this meeting.
Dr. Herath drew attention to the fact that COPE meetings could not be held due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation and that they will be held three days a week from next week.
The Committee also drew attention to the progress of the implementation of the recommendations of the Second COPE Report of the 9th Parliament. The COPE members pointed out the need to hold a Parliamentary Debate on the COPE report with regard to the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).
Accordingly, it was decided to submit the relevant matters to the next Committee on Parliamentary Business. COPE members also commented on major issues currently being discussed and a number of related institutions.
Among them, some of the issues related to the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Petroleum Corporation and Litro Gas were discussed. COPE chairman said that these issues will be discussed at future COPE meetings.
Minister Sarath Weerasekara, State Minister Susil Premajayantha, MPs Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rauf Hakeem, Jagath Pushpakumara, Nalin Bandara, S.M Marikkar, Madura Vithanage, S. Rasamanikkam and the Auditor General W.P.C Wickramaratne were present at the meeting.