Home / News/ Opening committee proceedings to media has helped re-establish trust in P’ment: Speaker

Opening committee proceedings to media has helped re-establish trust in P’ment: Speaker


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

Facebook

 Speaker Karu Jayasuriya 

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent

Opening Parliament committee proceedings to the public through media has helped re-establish the lost trust of parliamentary democracy, held Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday, inaugurating the new camera and broadcast system installed at the Secretariat of Committee on Public Enterprises (CoPE).

Speaker Jayasuriya said the media had the chance to witness committee meetings, usually conducted behind closed doors in the past, when the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday attacks was opened to reporters: “The 8th Parliament has passed a few milestones in Parliamentary history. Allowing media at Parliament Select Committee appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday attack was a crucial decision taken to narrow the gap between the Parliament and the people. As a result, the Parliament Select Committee appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday attack has become more popular than the Kopi Kade teledrama in television.”

The Speaker held that he is looking at allowing media to witness the Sectoral Oversight Committees without a delay by setting a high standard to be followed by other parliaments in the world. “We have managed to establish parliamentary democracy with 190 parliaments in the world. Some parliaments have started to follow us by increasing their standards,” held the Speaker, requesting that the media be responsible in their work. 

CoPE Chairman, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) lawmaker Sunil Handunnetti commending the European Union and the United Nations Development Program for supporting the Sri Lanka Parliament in digitalising the CoPE proceedings, commended Speaker Jayasuriya for taking the bold steps to change the Standing Orders of Parliament and also to amend the Parliament Privileges Act to suite media reporting. “Opening the doors of the CoPE will make the State officers as well as the politicians take correct steps and be transparent. This is a serious victory in parliamentary democracy in the country and I thank the Speaker for taking the necessary decisions. I trust the lost public trust regarding Parliament will be re-established and the heavy criticism on social media will cease in the days to come with opening doors to the public,” said Handunnetti, who preferred to have an assessment in a few weeks to further improve the CoPE outreach via media. 

However, soon after the inauguration, media was asked to leave the CoPE Secretariat to commence the sitting scheduled with the Industrial Development Board and the State Printing Corporation.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

The Presidential Election: Into anarchy or out of anarchy?

Saturday, 24 August 2019

In politics there are no absolute truths, rights or wrongs: all is relative. Politics is about choices and alternatives. It is also the art of the possible. The best policy for the people is to work through the give


We need to challenge climate change doubters before it is too late

Friday, 23 August 2019

Imagine a London where the entire subterranean region is engulfed with dirty water. Crammed train carriages that once barrelled along 249 miles of track transporting busy office workers, builders, teachers, civil servants, cleaners and students now r


The Provincial Council Elections – The charade goes on

Friday, 23 August 2019

Originally the SLPP was keen to hold the Provincial Council Elections (PCE) immediately after the Local Government Election results as they felt the PCE would go in their favour. PCE were held under the Proportional Representation system. The relevan


The presidency and the dilemma of the Presidential Election

Friday, 23 August 2019

J.R. Jayewardene created a presidential system not because the parliamentary system of governance that preceded it had failed. He wanted to take over all the powers of the State and assume the status of ancient kings who ruled the country in the past


Columnists More

Special Report

SPECIAL REPORT MORE