“There are a large number of state officials who cannot be subdued by political interference. The people have a responsibility to protect such officials,” says the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka. He made this observation speaking at the Colombo District Summit of ‘Dhiriya Puravesi’ Associations held at Maharagama on the 10th. The Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, the Information Secretary Comrade Vijitha Herath, Senior Lecturer at Sri Jayawardenepura University Anil Jayantha, Writer Nandana Weerasinghe, a pioneer JVP Member Comrade Osmand, and a large number of representatives from ‘Dhiriya Purawesi Societies, in the district participated at the summit held as a part of the series of summits being held by the JVP throughout the island under the theme ‘“Gamata Diriyak – Ratata Balayak” (Boost for the Village & Power for the Country).
Speaking further Comrade Anura Dissanayaka said, “What are the hazards the state officials are confronted with today? Let me tell you. The office of the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement was shifted to a new place. The government valuation was Rs. 3 million. However, the arrangement was to get it for Rs.5 million. Senior Assistant Secretary Ms. Lanka Senaratna and Assistant Secretary Nikari Kanthan did not agree. They had to relinquish their positions.
Also, the Accountant of the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Wasantha Perera refused to sign the cheque and he was transferred. However, he went to the Supreme Court and remained there until he retired.
The monthly rent for the building rented out for the Ministry of Agriculture is Rs.24 million. It has been kept empty for more than 8 months. The Additional Secretary Ms. Rasika Abeydeera who refused to sign the cheque has been transferred.
The cabinet took a decision to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 700,000 for 58 MPs of the government. The Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media Nimal Bopage said he would not sign the cheque. The Prime Minister said, “Sign or resign.”
We know many of these state officials have to confront interferences from government politicians. There are many state officials who do not cow down to this pressure. The people have a responsibility and should strive hard to protect and defend such officials.”