Colombo: The Sri Lankan parliament on Monday invited young university graduates to serve on its sector oversight committee, amid growing demands to meet the aspirations of youth in the crisis-hit island nation.
In the newspaper notice published here on Monday, the parliament asked for youths between 18 and 35 years of age to serve in 17 oversight committees in the parliament.
“The chairman of a committee may summon five youth representatives each to assist the committee in relation to the committee’s investigation,” the report said.
The parliament has amended its ordinances to facilitate the participation of youth in the affairs of the country, the notice in the newspaper said.
Since the street protests that took place in the country earlier this year amid the ongoing economic crisis, the government has promised to introduce many reforms to meet the aspirations of the youth.
Youth representation in public demonstrations increased as they called for “system change” meaning a wide range of reforms.
The popular protest movement forced the resignation of the then president
Gotabaya Rajapaksa in July this year.
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Ranil Wickremesinghe, his successor, brought several reforms, including the 21st amendment to the Constitution.
Since the beginning of February, the country has been plunged into a serious economic crisis, leading to a lack of essential goods and culminating in the first sovereign default by the government in mid-April.
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