Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa condemned the comments made by Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa on public servants of Sri Lanka with disgust, in a statement issued today (14).
Presuming that the Finance Minister’s comments reflect the government’s opinion on Public Service, the Opposition Leader noted that the belief that Public Service has become a burden to the country will be paving the way for its gradual decimation, in what he described as a ‘contempt’ on the public servants.
Premadasa condemned the government’s move of using the public servants amid the holding of an election for its narrow purposes, reminding the extreme commitment rendered by the public servants for the wellbeing of the country.
Had it not been for the Public Administration Sector, the Health Sector, the Defence Sector, the Transportation Sector, the Postal Sector, the Grama Niladhari Sector, SATHOSA, SAMURDHI, the Public Health Inspectors, the Family Health Sector, the Consumer Affairs Sector and other sectors in which public servants are rendering their services, the country could have fallen into a huge crisis amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Opposition Leader reminded.
Accordingly, the Opposition Leader urged the government to strengthen the Public Sector in compliance with the Sub-Committee report on Public Reforms, catering to the establishment of a Public Sector with policies and effective programs that fit the modern context.
Premadasa also extended his objection to the government’s shameless act of covering its mistakes up putting the blame on the shoulders of the public servants.