Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the Sri Lankan government is now drafting a bill to establish a separate parliamentary budgetary office.
He made this while addressing the opening ceremony of the Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia Pacific in Colombo.
“This itself became critical during the last Parliament and before when it was felt that the executive was taking on too much of powers that even the traditionally the role of the backbenchers of the government was being reduced.” he said.
“Therefore our first decision was to introduce oversight committees into parliament and to strengthen public finance. And with this we have also strengthened the powers of the committees involved with public finance. And we have introduced the committee on public finance. So with that we are now drafting a bill to establish a separate parliamentary budgetary office,” he said.
“We went to the presidential election, parliamentary election with different parties getting different mandates. But the need for a new constitution is recognised. So we have constituted the whole parliament as a committee of the whole called the Constitutional Assembly,” the PM further added.