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New regulatory commission to implement Easter report

A special public regulatory commission (PRC) would be established to implement certain recommendations of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Easter Sunday terror attacks, The Morning learnt.

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Udaya Gammanpila told The Morning yesterday (16) that a mechanism such as the PRC would be established in order to ensure the effective implementation of certain recommendations in the report, such as the one calling for the combating of religious extremism.

“Although some recommendations in the report can be implemented through existing institutions, there are specific ones which do not currently come under the mandate of any existing institution. Therefore, we will have to create new ones for that purpose,” Gammanpila further said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Secretariat Director General of Legal Affairs Hariguptha Rohanadheera, who is also the Secretary to the six-member ministerial committee studying the PCoI report and the report by the Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC) on National Security, told The Morning that the Committee would be handing over its final report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa by 30 March.

“The Committee was due to submit the report on 15 March, but an extension was requested as the scope of the PCoI report is very wide,” explained Rohanadheera.

According to Rohanadheera, in addition to the legal aspect of the report, there are 30 other areas including education, cyber space, and religion the report considers. As such, the study of the report needs some time, Rohanadheera noted.

President Rajapaksa appointed the six-member committee to study at length the recommendations in the final report of the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday bombings, which was tabled in Parliament on 23 March, and the report of the SOC on National Security. The Committee is chaired by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa and consists of Ministers Johnston Fernando, Gammanpila, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, Prasanna Ranatunga, and Rohitha Abeygunawardena.