Cabinet appoints a committee to probe allegations of political victimisation

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to appoint a special committee to investigate, report and make recommendations on how to compensate state officials who were politically victimised by the previous government.

According to a proposal presented by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa the committee will be chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge Jagath Balapatabendi and Sumudu Wickramarachchi will serve as its secretary.

Also, the cabinet has decided to withdraw the proposed Counter-Terrorism Act (CTA)  which is being presently considered by the Sectoral Oversight Committee on International Affairs and reinstate the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Commenting on the decision Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that the CTA which would have an effect on freedom expression if passed in parliament. He said it was proposed for the needs of foreign powers and not to meet local needs.

And added that the CTA drew criticism and it was not proposed by the Justice Minister but by Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana which clearly showed that there was a foreign involvement.

Further, the cabinet has decided to extend the interest-free loan scheme which was initiated by the Yahapalana Government for students to pursue their higher education in non-governmental higher education institutions.

Accordingly, the programme will look into providing loan facilities to 10,000 students to meet the requirements of the national policy framework ‘ Vistas of Prosperity.’

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