3rd October 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has prepared a Basic Guide on the key provisions in the Divineguma Bill (referred to here as the Bill) which also explains the impact of the Bill if enacted. While the provisions of the Bill impact several different areas this note will primarily address the concerns regarding its impact on devolution.
The petition filed by (CPA) and two other petitioners challenging the Constitutionality of the Bill were taken up by the Supreme Court on 27 and 29 August and the determination on this matter was tabled in Parliament by the Speaker on 18 September 2012. In its determination the Supreme Court determines that it is mandatory for the Central Government to consult the Provincial Councils before placing the Bill on the Order Paper of Parliament.
CPA hopes that this note and other initiatives connected with the Bill will raise awareness among the public and relevant stakeholders on the scope of the Bill and how it can impact devolution, governance and the rights of individuals.