Minister alleged to have 45 advisers should explain: Ranjan

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The ministers do not need to have 45 advisers and if any minister who is alleged to have appointed such a large number should clarify the matter, Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said on Monday.

He told a media conference that a minister should not appoint a large number of advisers and if anyone of them had appointed such a large number he should come out and reveal the real reason for doing so.

“The present government should not follow in the footsteps of the Rajapaksa regime,” he said.

Responding to a question by a journalist about the allegation that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had helped an MP who was said to have obtained a forged passport, he said he was unaware whether it happened or not.

“I don’t think the Prime Minister will encourage the breaking of immigration and emigration laws to help this MP,” the deputy minister said.

He said, however, there was something wrong with the way in which the law was enforced. “There are many found with forged passports in the Negombo remand prison while an MP who has committed a similar offence is allowed to move about freely.

“In Sri Lanka, those who are accused of corruption are considered heroes while those who fight against corruption are ridiculed. Some insult the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Chairman Sunil Handunnetti about his fingers while JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake is ridiculed over his relationships,” he said.

Responding to another question on the setting up of special courts to deal with corruption, the deputy minister said the committee appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to look into the matter has decided to fast track the process of setting it up.

Referring to the Paada Yathra, he said it was organized by group of people tainted with fraud and corruption and that paada yatras could not topple the government. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Pramod Fernando Monday, 01 August 2016 04:57 PM

    Ministers have not brains to think. Hence, they need a number of advisers to take care of the office.

    Gamaya Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:35 AM

    Pl do not do media shows!!! Pl raise the issue within your party and if there is no action against Minister Kiriella, Support for a no-confidence motion against him. We are fed up with media shows of Yahapalanaya..........

    UNPer Monday, 01 August 2016 05:43 PM

    You are right Ranjan-you must question when you see something wrong even by your Party man. via DM Android App

    kk Tuesday, 02 August 2016 01:08 PM

    Boru Konde hodhata penawa

    Dr.Zaheer Tuesday, 02 August 2016 01:25 PM

    Shocking revelation by Ranjan. Draining of state funds to pay these advisers is a colossal waste to the government.

    Cobra Tuesday, 02 August 2016 06:41 AM

    Right so, whileall those secretaries and advisers do the work the ministers rake in the profits!!!

    Top Hat Tuesday, 02 August 2016 07:30 AM

    So, he has explained!!

    Sanjo Tuesday, 02 August 2016 08:48 AM

    Thank you Ranjan. We need more people like you in the parliament.

    mnsmart Monday, 01 August 2016 04:39 PM

    But a Minister said that he was supporting those who supported the Govt. by these appointments.

    Sharon Monday, 01 August 2016 04:43 PM

    You people are not able to walk on the road even very soon. People are cursing the 'Change'. Still you've nothing else that scoldings for Rajapaksa's. Do some work buddy.


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