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Kiriella requests Parliamentary sittings to be held online

The Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella has requested for an inquiry into the possibility of holding sittings of Parliament online, the Parliament said today (16).

He also pointed out that the British Parliament is already meeting in this way through online technology.

Lakshman Kiriella had stated that an adjournment debate was needed on the current Covid situation in the country as the Opposition members have been informed that there are many issues that need to be addressed in Parliament due to the current situation.

The Committee on Parliamentary Business also approved the adjournment debate on the motion moved by the Opposition.

Commenting in favor of this idea, Minister M. Sumanthiran also said that the Maldivian Parliament had introduced online technology last year.

The Leader of the House and the Minister of External Affairs, Dinesh Gunawardena stated that the proceedings of certain Committees of the Parliament of Sri Lanka are already being conducted in a hybrid manner using the online system.

The Leader of the House also stated that it would be appropriate to discuss this matter and take a decision in the future.

Meanwhile, a proposal was made to the Committee on Public Finance to increase the salaries and allowances of the Chairman and other members of the Office of the Missing Persons.

Commenting on this occasion, M. Sumanthiran stated that in the current situation in the country, it would not be appropriate to do so.

The other members of the Committee also agreed with the opinion of Sumanthiran and accordingly the relevant motion was not approved by the Committee at this time.