|Thursday, 27 September 2001|
Dedicated service will create a better impression in the people
Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils, Local Government and Southern Development Deputy Minister Susil Premajayantha opened the new library and classroom building of Nittambuwa Ranpokunagama Maha Vidyalaya on Saturday.
The new class room building costing Rs. 1.3 million has been built with World Bank assistance, while Rs. 8,50,000 cost library with Ministry's allocations.
The Deputy Minister said dedicated service and proper co-ordination with the public would help to create a better impression on the minds of the people.
Referring to the public service he said, that it has lost to a certain extent the dedication to the service which it used to have in the past. Some public servants do not carry out their assignments properly, thereby weakening the ruling party's public image. He stressed the dire need of an attitudinal and structural change as a remedial measure.
The distribution of school text books was delayed by months last year due to prolonged printing. However, the printing of nineteen million copies of text books in Sinhala, Tamil and English medium has now been completed and all arrangements have been made to distribute text books and uniform material to school by November, Susil Premajayantha said.
He also said that as the former Education Minister, a week before his swearing in as new Deputy Minister, he launched a special drought relief program to provide mid-day meals and free health care facilities for nearly 2000 schools in drought stricken areas. Under this program approximately eight lakhs of students are now being supplied with Marie biscuits as a mid-day meal during school time, he said.
This government headed by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will act according to the aspirations of the people. As politicians, we should have the public interest at heart not in positions. As servants of the people we should be selfless and bereft of personal gains, Deputy Minister Susil Premajayantha observed.
Gampaha District MP Pandu Bandaranayake, Gampaha Zonal Director of Education Justin Navaratna, Peace Education Director P. Samarasekera and School Development Society Secretary Jayantha Silva also spoke.
The Principal Ranpokunagama Maha Vidyalaya H. W. Wijesingha delivered the welcome speech.
Produced by Lake House