By Gandhya Senanayake
Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva tied a samurdhi officer to a mango tree a short while ago over his failure to attend a dengue prevention programme in Kelaniya last week.
The official was however later released while two other women and a man were also reprimanded by the Deputy Minister over their failure to attend the same programme.
The Deputy Minister also severely warned one of the lady officers after she raised her strong objections in seeing the male samurdhi officer being tied to a tree.
The Deputy Minister warned her to be quiet if not suffer a similar fate.
Deputy Minister Silva however said that that the media report that a child in his electorate had died due to dengue was untrue because the child was not from his electorate. The man who was tied to the tree however said he could not attend the event as his child was ill the day the programme was conducted.
The event took place amidst the presence of journalists who were invited by the Deputy Minister to witness the incident.
Deputy Minister Silva further stated that this was only the first warning to the officials and further action would be taken if incidents of this nature continued.
The three officials who pleaded their innocence claiming that they did attend the prevention programme were told by the Minister to prove their presence.
Furthermore he said that if people had misled the Minister by giving false information about their absence, those people would be produced in front of the three officials so that they could be slapped. (Daily Mirror online)
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