in cold room
The Government has decided to shelve the proposed
Power Sector Reforms Bill which was scheduled to be presented to
Parliament on Tuesday following strong opposition from the JVP.
The Bill which provides for the formation of public companies to
manage the CEB was due to be taken up in Parliament on May 23, but
at the Parliamentary Business Committee meeting held on Thursday
to decide on Tuesday’s agenda, the Government had informed
that it will not be taken up on that day.
A JVP spokesman told The Sunday Times that at a meeting with President
Mahinda Rajapaksa party representatives had expressed their opposition
to the presentation of the Bill and also said their trade unions
were campaigning against the Bill.
“We are opposed to the structure of the public companies and
features in the Bill which were also in the original Bill presented
by the UNP during its regime,” the spokesman said.
He said the party was willing to further discuss the proposals.
The main objective of the electricity reforms Bill is to take over
and discharge the functions of the CEB and the Lanka Electricity
Company (LECO) by certain public companies to be incorporated for
this purpose as well as repeal the existing CEB Act.
Despite the Government’s willingness to hold back the proposed
Bill, the JVP led Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya said it was prepared
to organize a strike at any moment when the Government attempts
to present the Bill in Parliament.