Wimal strikes independent line

National Freedom Front leader and Construction and Housing Minister, Wimal Weerawansa has expressed his party’s reservations over the proposed private university bill.

In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister Weerawansa has said that the NFF would consider taking a stand against it if the ruling alliance government tries to push forward the private universities bill through  Parliament without allowing room for public discussion of the content of the bill.

“The government had suffered heavily and lost in each recent case where it tried to rush through bills through parliament, without giving consideration to public opinion and thereby drew lot of flak. For example on two occasions, the Private Sector Pensions Fund and the take over of Under-utilised Assets and Underper-forming Ventures, the government created lot of public displeasure,” he said.

“The proposed private university bill should be discussed among the member parties of the UPFA before it is presented to the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament, Minister Weerawansa has told the President. “The NFF believes that free education rights of people must be ensured and does not agree with privatizing of university education,” the letter adds.


Courtesy: The Island