MP Prof. Ranjith Bandara elected COPE Chairman

MP Prof. Ranjith Bandara, was re-elected as the new Chair of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) with a majority of votes.He was elected at the first meeting of the Committee on Public Enterprises held yesterday (23) for the Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament.

The name ofProf Bandara was proposed by State Minister and Member of Parliament Jagath Pushpakumara and seconded by MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

The name of MP Eran Wickramaratne,for the position of Chair of COPE was proposed by MP Nalin Bandara and seconded by MP Rauff Hakeem.

(Prof.) Ranjith Bandara received 17 votes Eran Wickramaratne received six votes and accordingly, Professor Bandara was elected as the chair.

Addressing the committee, the newly appointed COPE chair stated that he expects the support of all Members to carry forward the activities of the Committee. The Committee Chair also emphasized that the work of the Committee prior to prorogation shall continue and was concurred by the Members of the Committee. Furthermore, the Committee chair was of the view that a discussion should be facilitated with the Hon. Speaker and the Attorney General regarding the process and possibilities of making COPE recommendations legally binding.

State Ministers Jagath Pushpakumara, Janaka Wakkumbura, Lohan Ratwatte, Indika Anuruddha Herath, D. V.Chanaka, Shantha Bandara, MPs Rauff Hakeem, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Dayasiri Jayasekara, Rohitha Abegunawardhana, Eran Wickramaratne, Nimal Lanza, S. M. M. Muszhaaraff, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, Chaminda Wijesiri, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, Jagath Kumara Sumithraarachchi, (Major) Sudarshana Denipitiya,Premnath C. Dolawatte, Upul Mahendra Rajapaksha, M. Rameshwaran, Shanakkian Rasamanikkam, Rajika Wickramasinghe, Madhura Withanage and Prof. Charitha Herath were present.




by Daily News Sri Lanka

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