Sri Lankan house panel to study issues linked to 13A

Published: 14th June 2013 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th December 2014 11:20 AM   |  A+A-


The Sri Lankan Cabinet on Thursday decided to ask the Parliament Speaker to appoint a Select Committee to examine all issues relating to the controversial 13th Amendment (13A) of the constitution and submit a report within a time-frame.

Cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told the media here that the government would take up the matter with the Speaker, Chamal Rajapaksa, on June 18.

Merger of Provinces

However, the cabinet decided that the existing provision in the 13A for parliament to merge two or more provinces to form a single province, should be done away with.

The government is anxious to see that a future parliament does not merge provinces as it did in 1987 when it merged the Northern and Eastern Provinces to form a single, Tamil-speaking, North-Eastern Province (NEP) which accounted for a third of Lanka’s land mass and two thirds of its coastline.

 The North and East were separated in 2006 as a result of a case filed in SC.

Other issues

The cabinet decided that the proposed PSC should be asked to go into the other issues raised in regard to 13A, such as taking away of land and law and order from the Provincial List; and the dilution of the requirement that all Provincial Councils must give their consent before the Centre legislates on a subject in the Provincial List.

The cabinet decided to leave these issues to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) because it was divided on these matters.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Leftist Lanka Sama Samaj Party (LSSP) were opposed to any changes in the 13A.

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) wanted the 13A removed root and branch.

The National Freedom Front (NFF) was in-between, wanting only land and law and order to be taken away from the Provincial List. 

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp