No point in blasting public servants: JO to PM

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The joint opposition said today there was no point in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blasting public servants for failing to deliver relief to flood victims when no funds had been released by the Treasury to carry out such work.

JO MP Bandula Gunawardena said the economy was in a state of stagnation because of the short-sighted fiscal policies of the government.

“Former finance minister Ravi Karunanayake should be held responsible for this crisis situation because the relevant officials had not received the funds that were allocated for this purpose. In 2016, he had failed to release 32% of the funds allocated to the education sector. In the case of the 2016 Budget, he had failed to use 20% of the allocated funds. When there is no currency in circulation, how can people spend money,” he told a news briefing.

He said the economic crisis had worsened from 2001 to 2004 and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa had to overcome this crisis in 2005.

“However, he resuscitated the economy gradually and reduced the quantum of state loans. When there was the war, the amount of loans increased. The balance debt was reduced to 71.3 per cent by 2014 but it had increased abnormally since 2015. The Auditor General's reports say the debt had been increased to 83.3 per cent today,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Upuli Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:03 PM

    The only interest of this PM is to introduce his NEW constitution

    bull face Wednesday, 18 October 2017 02:42 AM

    Do a plastic surgery on your face for the people to appreciate you.

    Ram Wednesday, 18 October 2017 03:14 AM

    When a family can live with Rs 4000 people are overspending and there is no money left for floodrelief work and the people have no money to give on charity for such relief work

    ravin Wednesday, 18 October 2017 05:31 AM

    " no point in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blasting public servants for failing to deliver" YES YES all agreed. Because you guys make shit out of them when you all were in power.

    Haramanis Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:35 AM

    Ravi K and Hon PM etc should be held accountable for the mess we are in including the scandalous Bond Scam

    Kadiya Wednesday, 18 October 2017 06:48 AM

    And why not? You are a public servant and the only thing you do is criticize the govt. at every turn. What did you do when you were in power other than being an idiot who said that you'd live on Rs.2500/- a month? In your time that amount could not even buy a gas cylinder. You should be blasted to kingdom come!!!!!


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