The Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker took the Chair.
Presentation of Papers
(i) Note on Supplementary Allocations from the Supplementary Support Services and Contingent Liabilities Project appearing under Expenditure Head No. 240 of the Department of National Budget for the period from 01.05.2017 to 31.05.2017 under Section 6(1) of the Appropriation Act, No. 24 of 2016
(ii) Annual Reports of the State Printing Corporation for the years 2013 and 2014
Questions under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament
The Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena
Lands and Housing issues of some people in constructing the Bus Stand in Ampara
Main Business of the House for Today
The following Motions (appearing as Item No. 2,6,9 and 10 of today’s Order Paper) were moved by the House and Passed:-
(i) Developing a proper methodology to provide employments to graduates
That this Parliament resolves that a proper methodology be developed for serving justice to graduates in Sri Lanka in giving them employments in place of the system that has been in existence so far of taking into consideration the political parties they supported and that action be taken to adopt it as a policy in order to ensure that graduates are not belittled before politicians.
(ii) Establishment of an Authority to rehabilitate the drug addicts
That this Parliament resolves that an Authority should be established in order to rehabilitate drug addicts with the initiative of religious leaders and by using Buddhist spiritual meditations, indigenous medicine and other remedies, since the absence of a proper programme or procedure for rehabilitation has become a severe burden for youths who wants to abandon their drug addiction.
(iii) Naming the Puttalam District as the District of National Coexistence and Reconciliation
As the different community groups of Buddhists, Catholics and Muslims of the Puttalam District live in utmost peace and amity, this Parliament resolves that it be named as the District of National Coexistence and Reconciliation in order to further promote coexistence, which is one of the foremost objectives of the present Good Governance Regime.
(iv) Formulating a Methodical Course of Action to uplift Pre-School Education
As there seems to be an element of degradation in children’s personality development, value structure and fundamental educative streamlining in early childhood development due to lack of proper standard and methodology in running early childhood development centres, which are the foremost places for the creation of perfect individuals useful for the country, despite the presence of a large number of such centres throughout the island, this Parliament resolves that a proper course of action be formulated to uplift preschool education by making available the necessary physical resources at the early childhood education centres, by appointing qualified pre-school matrons, by sending them for training courses with a view to ensuring the quality of the educative process and by ensuring their job security through specified salaries / allowances.
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1339 Hrs. until 1300 Hrs. on Tuesday 25th July 2017.
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