Northern Provincial Chief Minister meets President
Friday, 3 January 2014 00:01
Getting an early start in ironing out issues on the second day of the year President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday at Temple Trees.
The President’s Office said President Rajapaksa and Chief Minister Wigneswaran had discussed ways and means relating to administering the north during the meeting.
The Tamil National Alliance meanwhile, issuing a media release said the Chief Minister had raised several urgent issues impeding the effective functioning of the Northern Provincial Council, particularly the appointments of key provincial officials, the disbursement of funds and enabling the Council to exercise powers currently devolved by the Constitution.
“It was decided at the meeting to take immediate action on several overdue urgent issues to enable the Northern Provincial Council to commence functioning smoothly to address the needs of the war affected people of the north and especially of its war widows, the displaced, the dispossessed, the war orphans, the long term PTA detainees, women headed households and other vulnerable sections of the northern society,” the TNA said in its statement after the meeting.
TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran accompanied Chief Minister Wigneswaran to the meeting at Temple Trees yesterday. Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Cabinet Secretary Sumith Abeysinghe and Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara