Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe said today that he had written to President, Maithripala Sirisena saying he would resign his post as State Minister of Higher Education if he were not allowed to take decisions relating to his duties.
Professor Wijesinghe told Daily Mirror that he had considered several options and one was to resign his post.
He had written to the president on Wednesday about the situation that would arise if decisions were taken without consulting his ministry.
He had said that decisions taken like that could not be approved by him and cited the removal of the University Grants Commission chairperson as an example.
However, according to sources close to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the chairperson had been asked to resign in keeping with the policy of the new government -- which was to ask all officials attached to state institutions to vacate their posts.
In response to his letter, Professor Wijesinghe had been told that the president had informed Highways, Investment Promotion and Higher Education Minister Kabir Hashim -- though Prof. Wijesinghe had not been informed.
Prof. Wijesinghe had requested the president to make him a cabinet minister in order to solve the problem.
Professor Wijesinghe said he had tried to contact the prime minister yesterday but he had been away. However he was confident that the prime minister would take up the matter today and come up with a satisfactory solution.
Comments - 19
meranchi Monday, 16 February 2015 08:54 AM
lkboy Monday, 16 February 2015 09:36 AM
"Prof. Wijesinghe had requested the president to make him a cabinet minister" - ok, now we understand.
Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 16 February 2015 09:38 AM
brainmaster Monday, 16 February 2015 09:56 PM
Sorry Yoosuf, but the real English is spoken with a British accent ! Should he speak Singh-lish ?
sach Monday, 16 February 2015 10:22 AM
rajiva is a man who should be in the government
Geoffry Monday, 16 February 2015 11:59 PM
The people elect Neandathal Man - SL people so stupid ya.
Nisansala Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:43 PM
Hon Minister. The country needs people like you. So please do not resign. Appreciating for speaking on behalf of the truth
DillonDP Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:11 AM
This ass should not be given resignation but kicked on this rear and put out.....
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 16 February 2015 11:33 AM
A twisted peg cannot fit into any hole.
Dutugemunu Monday, 16 February 2015 04:39 PM
UNP government? You may be dreaming idiot
Cobra Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:30 AM
Please release him let him go...!!!!
Yoosuf Monday, 16 February 2015 12:06 PM
He and His British Accent
Veda-mama Tuesday, 17 February 2015 02:21 PM
OH !! NO!!!! HE WANTS TO BE ELECTED TO THE CABINET.
colin Monday, 16 February 2015 07:04 AM
If he wants to go let him go as he was not elected by the people
Asanka Monday, 16 February 2015 07:07 AM
Patriot Tuesday, 17 February 2015 02:59 PM
What Hon. Minister Kabir Hashim did was absolutely correct. We know how she behaved during the previous regime. The whole SriLanka knows this yet Rajiva says to conduct an inquiry. Then did the President sack the former CJ Mohan Pieris through an inquiry??????? Corrupt people should be replaced immediately with good ones.
BUSHEL Monday, 16 February 2015 07:16 AM
GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TOO. STRAIGHT FORWARD .WITH A BACK BONE
Sara Monday, 16 February 2015 08:04 AM
Rajiva, square peg in a round hole.
Rana Monday, 16 February 2015 08:22 AM
THIS IS UNP GOVERNMENT AND DO WHAT WE WANT MAN.
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