President Mohamed Nasheed has submitted the revised Decentralisation Bill to the People’s Majlis.
The bill states that each of the administrative divisions stated in Schedule 2 of the Constitution—except Malé—will be administered by an atoll council elected in accordance with the Constitution.
It also provides representation to both men and women in the elected island and city councils.
The bill gives the president the authority to establish province offices to provide the services of ministries and coordinate government projects in different regions.
The president also proposed the 2nd amendment bill to Act 2/99 (Tourism Act), to make the industry more sustainable and increase the government’s revenue from tourism.