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Ministers’ Secretaries’ Union extends support to President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be given the fullest support to create a corruption-free country, the Ministers’ Secretaries’ Union said.

Chairman of the union Keerthi Sri Weerasinghe said those who have committed crimes during the previous ‘good governance’ government should be punished regardless of their position in society.

Weerasinghe was speaking at a media conference in Colombo on Sunday.

Unlike under the previous regime, law and order seems to be properly implemented under the present President and therefore his union would extend their support to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Weerasinghe said.

Commenting on the granting of bail by the courts for former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Weerasinghe said that the news had made the entire country unhappy as it was the expectation of the country that he should be punished. However, he pointed out that it was the CID which had failed to report facts to the courts correctly with regard to Senaratne.

Weerasinghe also made a request to the President to appoint intelligent officers in the Police Department to prevent recurrence of such situations in the future.

Answering a question by journalists, he said the Ministers’ Secretaries’ Union would not allow the investigation into the bond scam which happened under the previous government to be a deal between the present and the previous governments, thus preventing the implementation of the law against senior politicians of the ex-government.

Secretary to the Union Ajith Jayasundara speaking on the occasion revealed that there about 152, 000 newly recruited Development Officers (DOs) in the public sector who are engaging in casual duties due to the lack of a recognised duty list. Each of them is being paid a basic salary of Rs. 37, 000 monthly amounting to Rs. 56, 240 lakhs without proper use being made of them, he said.

These DOs have not been made permanent in their service, and Jayasundara, who is also the Secretary to the Sri Lanka Development Officers’ Association, therefore requested President Rajapaksa to take necessary steps to make them permanent.

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