One of the special features identified through meetings with personnel from Pradeshiya Sabhas is the lack of knowledge on the legal background of the meeting procedures among members and officials of these Local Government Authorities. Particularly such knowledge that would help to increase the performance and effective service provision in these authorities.
Following the conclusion of war, the situation in the Northern Province is changing dramatically through post war planning processes and with these initiatives, the regional landscape of the Northern Province, including governance structures is set to undergo an era of exemplary transformation in the near future.
It is for all these above reasons that this publication on Meeting Procedures relating to Local Government Authorities has been compiled in a very simple and accessible manner in all the three languages. I believe that this booklet will be useful to all members who are elected newly to the LGAs, new officers appointed for LGA and Officers who are transferred to LGAs.
I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all those who contributed to this valuable work including Mr. H.G.C. Jayatissa, Former Assistant Commissioner of Local Government (Senior Consultant – Legal and Local Governance), several Chairperson, elected members and officials of Local Government Authorities in Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna districts, and to my colleagues in the Governance Programme.
Head- Governance Programme September 2013