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‘One Law’ task force starts consultations from Northern Province

The Presidential Task Force for implementing regulations towards the “One Country, One Law” concept commenced consulting the public for its opinions from the Vavuniya District in the Northern Province on Saturday (20), with another consultation taking place yesterday (21) at the Valampuri Hall in Jaffna, according to a President’s Media Division (PMD) press release.

Lawyers, professionals, religious leaders, students, and civilians presented their views before the Task Force on various aspects of inequality or enforcement of the law, the release added. The Task Force further said that it will meet people in the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts today (22), and in the future a public consultation will be held covering the other eight provinces of the country.

The consultations were held at the office of the Northern Province Organic Food Producers’ Association in Bogaswewa, Vavuniya and at the auditorium of the Vavuniya District Secretariat yesterday. People representing various ethnic groups living in these areas expressed their views before the Task Force, and reportedly expressed their gratitude to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for giving them such an opportunity.

Presidential Task Force Chairman Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said he is determined to make the concept of “One Country, One Law” a reality, according to the release. Members of the committee, including Prof. Shanthi Nandana Weerasinghe and Aiyampillai Ananda Raja, as well as the Secretary of the Task Force, the Senior Assistant Secretary to the President, and other officials were also present at the occasion.

President Rajapaksa appointed this Task Force to make a study of the implementation of the concept “One Country, One Law” within Sri Lanka and make proposals to prepare a framework for the said purpose. The Secretary of the Committee further said that individuals can present their opinions in person from today to the Task Force.

Ideas and suggestions can be sent to ocol.consultations@gmail.com or to the Secretary, Presidential Task Force on One Country, One Law, P.O. Box. 504, Colombo by 30 November 2021.