Local And Overseas-based Sri Lankan Scholars Should Be Allowed To Come To Parliament

Shakila Ifham

April 6, 2022


Local and overseas-based Sri Lankan scholars should be allowed to come to Parliament and a pragmatic Monetary Board consisting of those experts should be appointed, Acting President of the Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association, Post Master General Ranjith Ariyaratne said yesterday.

The Post Master General attending a special media briefing organised by the Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association in Colombo yesterday was accompanied by Vice Presidents of the Association Chandraratne Pallegama, Dhammika Muthugala, Secretary Pradeep Lakshantha and Member of the Executive Committee A. P. Mr. Nishantha.

The Association strongly believes that an essential Commissioner-General with experience in the civil service and who is practical should be appointed as soon as possible to facilitate the people at the lower economic level and that there is a way for that essential Commissioner-General to coordinate at the district level.

Ariyaratne said that the failure of individuals appointed to high posts in the government, including members of the security forces and retirees, has now become a reality.

He said the failure was because many people who were given posts outside the civil service were not aware of the subject and that public servants risked their lives during the war as well as during natural disasters such as the tsunami.

He also said the government had implemented the Administrative Services Union’s opposition to raising the retirement age of public servants to 65 years, but the government had implemented it, adding that politicians, as well as public servants, had a responsibility to help rebuild the country.

The Association also expressed concern that the country was in a very bad situation with the first uprising of the people of Sri Lanka after independence for the first time since independence.

The collapse of the present government, which was formed with more than two-thirds of the power, was due to natural disasters as well as weaknesses in the economic and social policies implemented throughout history, added the Post Master General.