Arrangements being made to amend circular

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Public Administration Ministry Secretary, J. J. Ratnasiri, today said arrangements are being made to amend the circular issued by his ministry to make the saree and the osari compulsory for female public servants.

Mr. Ratnasiri said this while testifying before the select committee looking into the Easter Sunday attacks this evening. 

He said this in response to a request made by Committee Chairman, Ananda Kumarasiri, for the circular to be amended as soon as possible. 

The secretary said the dress code was confined to those who were working in ministries and departments. He denied that a dress code was to be imposed for the general public coming into state institutions to get their work done. 

However, several members of the select committee pointed out that there was such a provision in the circular. Select committee member, Ashu Marasinghe, then read out the section in the circular which specified a dress code for the general public. 

Responding to a question raised by Minister Rauff Hakeem as to whether he was aware that Muslim public servants had been facing problems since the Easter Sunday attacks and that some of them have not yet reported to their work places since the attacks, Mr. Ratnasiri said he was not aware of such a situation and that his ministry had not received any written complaints about the matter. MP Marasinghe then asked him as to why there were signs in public institutions on a dress code which visitors need to wear when they visit them for their needs. 

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka asked him whether there were other circulars with regard to uniforms for public servants, to which Mr. Ratnasiri answered there had been one under which an allowance was paid to public servants to purchase their uniforms. He revealed that the Minister of Public Administration knew about the new circular which was issued recently with regards to a dress code for public servants. (Ajith Siriwadana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Gamunu Friday, 14 June 2019 01:15 AM

    I listened to Ratnasiri's testimony at the PSC. It is pathetic to see a high officer in the government showing utter ignorance, lack of common knowledge and arrogance to the lowest level. He made a complete fool of himself on this issue. What can we expect from any government with officers of this kind of mentality.

    Dayawathie Friday, 14 June 2019 03:45 AM

    Nany state.

    Wriggling out ? Friday, 14 June 2019 07:33 AM

    "ARRANGEMENTS are being made to amend the circular ISSUED BY HIS MINISTRY" - (Emphasis is mine) - pray what is this "arrangement" - unheard of word when decisions are made - secondly - so , it is the ministry issuing circulars NOT with your consent is what you expect us to believe ?

    Lee Liyanage Friday, 14 June 2019 05:05 PM

    If the Armed Forces, the Police, school children and a number of other institutions follow a dress code, what is wrong in other government employees wearing a proper dress recommended by the state. Can someone tell me why this circular should offend some. The other hilarious thing is that the PSC was appointed to inquire into the negligence on the part of the people at decision making level in averting the Easter Sunday attacks. It looks as if the SPC is conducting its affairs without a specific purpose or terms of reference.

    You cannot fool all the people all the time ! Friday, 14 June 2019 07:39 PM

    "arrangements are being " - probably the chairs and tables are being arranged for the conference to decide on the issue. !


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