By Gagani Weerakoon
The controversial Divi Neguma Bill was passed in Parliament with a majority of 107 votes, a short while ago.
160 votes were cast in favor of the Bill, while 53 votes were cast opposing in Opposition. 11 MPs abstained from voting.
The United National Party (UNP), the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted against the bill.
The Supreme Court earlier ruled in November that the Divi Neguma Bill has to be passed with 2/3rd majority in Parliament and Clause 8 has to be approved at a referendum and 2/3rd majority.
Meanwhile, Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has said that the objective of getting the Divi Neguma Bill approved is to make Sri Lanka a country sans poverty.
The Bill is intended to mobilise people into a national development process at the community level. The department will function under the Ministry of Economic Development. (Ceylon Today Online)