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Cabinet suspends gazette that declared Sainthamaruthu an urban council

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ECONOMYNEXT – The cabinet has decided to temporarily suspend the extraordinary gazette issued last week declaring Sainthamaruthu an urban council.

Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena told reporters this morning that the gazette was merely a continuation of a proposal made to the cabinet in 2018 by then Minister of Local Government Faiszer Musthapha.

It has been pointed out to the current cabinet of ministers, said Gunawardena, that there are many areas in the country in need of a local authority and not just Sainthamaruthu.

With this in mind, he said, the cabinet has instructed the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Council and Local Government to devise a mechanism to introduce local government bodies to all such areas without specifying a single locality. (Colombo/Feb22/2020)

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