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3 June 2015 05:53 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Opposition would give priority to pass the No Confidence Motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, UPFA General Secretary Parliamentarian Susil Premajayantha said today.

Addressing the weekly media briefing at the SLFP head office Mr. Premajayantha said the No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had not been moved in Parliament as yet and therefore, the Opposition wanted to debate and pass the Motion against Mr. Karunanayake as early as possible.

He said that the monetary management of the government was poor and the government had failed in financial discipline.

"The Treasury has no funds even to pay salaries to public servants, let alone the continuation of development projects launched by previous government. The government therefore, has no option but to go for foreign loans on high interest rates. But Mr. Karunanayake displays huge billboards at busy junctions carrying his and President Maithripala Sirisena's pictures to convince the public that the government has achieved much success in the last five months in development which is untrue," Mr. Premajayantha charged.

On the curtailing of the lunch hour of public servants to thirty minutes by the government, Mr. Premajayantha said the action would lead to inefficiency, distress and low productivity in the Public Service and added what required was a total reform package for the Public Service.

"Do not forget that this is the government that suspended recruitment to the Public Service for two years and prune the Public Service by half, when they were in power from 2002 to 2004," Mr. Premajayantha said.

“The government has come to a standstill as it has no business to go forward as the government was formed only for 100 days," he charged.

Mr. Premajayantha said the rupee was steadily spiralling in value and government's promise to create one million jobs was a day dream. It was improper to ask former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to retire by a party that has suffered electoral defeats more than 20 times in the last two decades.

Commenting on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, Premajayantha found fault with the UNP and said while the UPFA was fully supportive of the electoral reforms, the UNP was scuttling the process in order to hold general elections under the highly criticised PR system.

"We are for the 20th Amendment and we want to conduct the Parliamentary polls under the new electoral system that does away with the Preferential Voting System. We put our full weight behind it and try to pass it in Parliament as quickly as possible," he stressed.

Higher Education Project Minister Sudharshini Fernandopulle said the development -mega, medium or micro level- had ground to a halt as no funds were available.

“The government has failed to release even a rupee out of Rs. 10 million, promised to each lawmaker from the mini-budget,” she said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

Video by Sanath Desmond

  Comments - 19

  • Premalal Thursday, 04 June 2015 05:13 AM

    Since you guys seem to know all the answers to our problems, why you waited for 10 years to implement them is the question.

    Nihal Gunatilake Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:23 PM

    Hi- Did you get the monthly pay this time? If, No then it is bad - Minister you corroborate the fact that there were no money as your colleagues played hell during the last government. How about you? Are you pretty clean? Do not make this public. Computers cannot speak. bye - Nihal Gunatilake

    OMG Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:23 PM

    If he can convince his former boss to return the US$ 18 billion he robbed from Sri Lanka, all this problems could be solved in no time.

    TONY Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:52 PM


    Fassey Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:25 PM

    Yes MR has lavished and finished everything within 100 days you cannot expect wonders. We have to give time for the govt to attain stability.

    Hubert Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:37 PM

    shameless idiots 10 of busting and embezzlement by UPFA have left the country impoverished and lawless

    Veda-mama Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:44 PM

    how about asking your friends to Return at least some of the money stolen from the country?

    Sarathsk Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:20 AM

    Susil you seems very confident in saying that the government has no money as you pretty well knew that the country was already bankrupt when it was handed over to the new government on the 8th Januay.

    King of Robbers Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:30 AM

    They do not have people with intellectual knowledge. They have only thieves who robbing public funds. You should highlight this to people including Police.

    REALPATRIAT Thursday, 04 June 2015 05:58 PM


    Sincere Thursday, 04 June 2015 01:11 PM

    So, get your colleague Bandula to calculate what each family requires at the rate of Rs. 2500 a month and then you will find sufficient funds in the coffers to run the country.

    Hiran Gunawardena Thursday, 04 June 2015 05:52 PM

    Either way it will be very good move to get rig of biggest thief SATHOSA LOKKA

    senakak Thursday, 04 June 2015 01:34 PM

    Another convincing evidence that the Gay brigade is specialized only in back passage affairs but not about the economy.

    meemas Friday, 05 June 2015 06:23 AM

    Yes .you are all misappropriated the entire fund.what a shame.

    samitha silva Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:33 AM

    Silence is Golden Mr. Susil .

    dulan Friday, 05 June 2015 08:22 AM

    U can tell your former boss MR to lend some as he has plenty

    ibnuaboo Thursday, 04 June 2015 02:10 AM

    How can this govt. has money since your previous regime rulers robbed everything.

    Punchirala Thursday, 04 June 2015 04:02 AM

    Susil, you and your colleagues together with MR family swindle the country to such an extent, we will have a very weak economically for a long time to come. thanks

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 04 June 2015 04:05 AM

    With money wasted on useless vanity projects, corruption and doubling public sector jobs during the MR regime it is not surprising we are broke now. Susil is an economic illiterate.

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