Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera, Minister of State for Provincial Councils and Local Government, said that proposals made by experts to maintain only three Provincial Councils instead of nine, as was the case during the reign of Maya in Ruhuna, will be submitted to the Government.

He pointed out that during the reign of the king, the provinces were scientifically divided into three rivers, but at present not even five out of the nine active provincial councils are affected by the sea.

Ruhuna, located, Maya was bordered by the Deduru Oya, Benthara and Mahaweli rivers.

The Minister of State pointed out that he had met a group of scholars who were involved in the administration of the provinces in the manner in which the country was governed at that time, and that he would point out those proposals to the government as well.

Political sources say that if three provincial councils named ‘Maya’ in Ruhuna are activated, the waste of money due to the current system of nine provincial councils could be minimized and that the experts have decided to meet Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and propose.