A new Authority to implement Sri Lanka’s tsunami rebuilding plan, will get parliamentary approval by early February. A new Authority to implement Sri Lanka’s tsunami rebuilding plan, will get parliamentary approval by early February. The legislation to set up the Authority has already been drafted and will come before Parliament as an urgent Bill.
“The Bill to set up the Authority is now with the Legal Draftsman. It will go before Parliament in a week or so,” said Nihal Jinasena from TAFREN (the task force to rebuild the nation), at a discussion at the European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, on Thursday.
Currently all tsunami rehabilitation work is handled by three emergency task forces– the task force for rescue and relief, the task force for logistics, law and order and the task force to rebuild the nation.
While the first two task forces are expected to wind down within the next few weeks, TAFREN is expected to evolve into the National Authority to Rebuild the Nation.
The Authority will have a legal life span of five years – the estimated time frame to complete tsunami reconstruction.