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Public servants play pivotal role – President

The public sector in Sri Lanka has a workforce of nearly 1.6 million which amounted to about one eighth of the total population. If they performed their duties properly there is no need to apportion blame on the politicians for any lapses in the administration as they have the power to rebuild the country by over powering the politician,” President Maithripala Sirisena said. As such the public servants can rebuild the country by rejecting the politicians, the President said.

The President made this observation addressing a meeting which followed the official opening of the Nuwara Eliya District General Hospital.

The project costing Rs.7,800 million was undertaken under a Netherlands aid scheme. The President said he had been able to render a colossal service to the people because he had clearly identified peoples’ problems and the solutions needed for them.

“If one considers the country’s good and bad fortunes, such a person can identify a group which has identified problems and another group which had failed to do so. The country’s problems could be identified properly if there were a set of true and sincere politicians”, the President said. He said the country was today lagging behind in development compared to other nations due to mounting bribery, fraud and corruption.

President Sirisena said a new government was elected to power defeating the previous rulers on a mandate to eliminate bribery, fraud and corruption. Unfortunately, the objective had become so illusive to the point that people had started to brand both past and present rulers as frauds. Since there will be elections in another five months, people will have the opportunity to elect a new government devoid of fraud and corruption. Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Navin Dissanayake, Health Ministry Secretary Wasantha Perera, Netherlands Project Director in Sri Lanka Saimon Harris, Parliamentarian K.K.Piyadasa and M.Tilakaraja, Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne, Nuwara Eliya Mayor Chandana Karunaratne and Health Services Director General Anil Jasinghe were also present.


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