PSC identifies errant officials

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday attacks has identified key officials who must be held accountable over the deadly attacks and also noted some strong recommendations.

The final report of the PSC will be submitted to Parliament on Wednesday (23).

The report has made recommendations related to both national security and reconciliation as well as communal harmony.

PSC member MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa told The Sunday Morning that the PSC report has identified several officials who must be held responsible for the lapses in the national security mechanism.

“We have found several officials including politicians, who have to be held accountable for the failures in the security apparatus,” Dr. Jayatissa said.

However, he noted that the PSC was not in a position to recommend action against those who had been found responsible for failing to prevent the attack.

In addition, he said that the report deals with two key components the Committee believed needed addressing in order to prevent future threats to the nation.

“We have recognised that the national security system needs to be strengthened as well as the reconciliation process expedited,” he said.

He said that with regard to reconciliation, it has been recommended that ethnic harmony, co-existence, and matters relating to reconciliation be incorporated and introduced from the school level.

“We have proposed that co-existence must be featured from school level and be introduced as part of the curriculum,” Dr. Jayatissa added.