Bar Assn supports Govt's peace efforts
The hierarchy of the Bar Association during a meeting with President
Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees pledged fullest support for the
Government's efforts in defeating terrorism and ushering in an era of
Representatives of the Association which met President Rajapaksa on
Friday to discuss certain matters pertaining to the legal fraternity,
fully endorsed on Government's present efforts to establish lasting
peace in North and East.
As a result of these discussions, President Rajapaksa ordered
immediate measures in a bid to resolve certain anomalies on the spot.
According to a request by Bar Association members, the President
directed Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath to look into the
possibility of providing office space for lawyers close to the main
courts complex in a bid to enhance interaction with clients.
The President also agreed to provide support to strengthen the Legal
Aid programme initiated by the Association. President Rajapaksa also
discussed matters pertaining to the present situation in the country and
pointed out that the Government had always had public servants interest
high on its agenda and had done everything possible to help matters even
at the expense of financial losses at times.
The President also noted that programmes such as the Mathata Thitha
and tax concessions on essential food items. had been done with Public
interest uppermost in mind, although it incurred a heavy financial
burden on state coffers. He also pointed out that despite incurring
heavy expenses on the ongoing military efforts and maintaining almost
1.2 million state sector employees, the Government had never neglected
the development drive and had initiated several mega projects.
Parliamentarian cum Lawyer Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Justice Ministry
Secretary Suhada Gamlath, Bar Association Secretary U. R. de Silva and
Treasurer M. U. M. A. Sabri along with several other members of the Bar
Association participated in the meeting.