Constitutional issues in Sri Lanka- I

  1. The official committee on constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka has not been able to arrive at a consensus while making recommendations on several contentious areas
  2. These include the nature of state, national flag, religion, merger of provinces and land powers
  3. In many ways, views of the committee present a microcosm of diversities of views and positions in society
  4. Flag: The committee favours retaining the present national flag or designing one without any reference to ethnicity, while representing Sri Lankan collective life
  5. Or framing a new flag symbolising the equality of all ethnic groups
  6. Nature of the state: The panel has suggested three formulations, one has no reference to unitary or federal
  7. Another proposal uses the term unitary & talks of multi-tier governance systems
Sri Lanka’s Constitution – Strides in the Right Direction
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