No more financial clout for PS heads

Secretaries to take over the powers

The financial powers of Pradeshiya Sabha chairmen are to be scrapped next month, Ministerial sources said. Amendments to the local council act are to be passed enabling the Secretaries of the Pradeshiya Sabhas to take over the financial powers.

The move comes amidst allegations of financial irregularities against chairman of local councils.
“The chairmen of the councils sign the cheques, but it is ultimately the Secretary who has to take responsibility. The amendments will change the situation,” a minister who did not want to be named said.

The newly elected local council members are to be briefed about the transfer of the financial powers at a workshop after they are sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa next week. The workshop which is due to be held for three days will also deal with powers entrusted to them and their responsibilities.

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