In October 2007 CPA filed a case challenging the Bill titled “Appropriation” which was tabled in Parliament in order to provide for the service of the financial year 2008; to authorize the raising of loans in or outside Sri Lanka, the purpose of such service; to make financial provision in respect of certain activities of the Government during the financial year; to enable the payment, by way of advances out of the Consolidated Fund or any other fund or moneys of or at the disposal of the Government, of moneys required during that financial year for expenditure on such activities; to provide for the refund of such moneys to the Consolidated Fund and to make provision for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. CPA challenged this Bill on the basis that it is in contravention with the Constitution of Sri Lanka. The decision of the Supreme Court was subsequently conveyed to the Speaker whereby it was determined that the Bill is not inconsistent with the Constitution.
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution- and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process. Focusing primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated.