wigneswaran    Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran briefed the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today on the recent meeting he had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wigneswaran briefed the Council when it convened today for the first time in the new year.

The Northern Province Chief Minister met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on January 2nd and discussed issues in the North.

Wigneswaran raised several urgent issues which are impediments to the effective functioning of the Northern Provincial Council, namely, the appointment of key officials, the provision of required finances and enabling the Provincial Council to exercise the powers currently devolved under the Constitution and moving beyond to make devolution meaningful.

It was decided at the meeting to take immediate action on several overdue urgent issues to enable the Northern Provincial Council to commence functioning smoothly, to address the needs of the war affected people of the North and especially of its war widows, the displaced, the war orphans, the long term PTA detainees, women headed households and other vulnerable sections of the Northern society.  (Colombo Gazette)

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