Portfolios are responsibilities not privileges: President

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The ministers should execute duties bearing in mind that ministry portfolios were not privileges but responsibilities, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said speaking after the new State and deputy ministers were sworn in at the Presidential Secretariat.

The President said the ministers had an enormous responsibility ahead of them.

“We have to ensure that the pledges we made during the presidential election are delivered. The ministers should work to achieve this goal, to fulfil the needs of the people,” he said.

President Rajapaksa said he wanted to keep the number of State ministers, which is 35, at a number around the Cabinet ministers which is 15 but couldn’t do so due to the mammoth challenges ahead of them.

“We have crafted the State ministry portfolios accordingly, to serve the people better and maximise efficiency. For instance, the Railway Services State Ministry is an integral portfolio due to the importance of the railway sector. We need to revitalise the railway service and make it efficient,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 7

  • sumeda kurrupu Wednesday, 27 November 2019 03:06 PM

    every time a leader come they talk all these will see where the country is heading to

    sameold Wednesday, 27 November 2019 03:48 PM

    Need a miracle for a change while leading the country with same old bunch in place. Wait and see ..

    Johan Wednesday, 27 November 2019 04:46 PM

    Already pledges given to people rice price in the market has gone up by 10 to 15 rupees per kilo.

    Wasp Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:16 PM

    Try convincing the Ministers!!!

    Shiran Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:31 PM

    You can’t turn ur back to all the ministers that stood beside him for all the campaigning - 3 months notice given to them to work hard if not we will not vote for them. 3 months and let’s see what they are capable of ....

    Sashi Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:40 PM

    Very true; shame this was not considered by the ministers who resigned en masse " to protect their people"!

    Gamage Wednesday, 27 November 2019 05:55 PM

    All the crooks and criminals who have cases pending in SL and abroad are in the team. Yes now their responsibility will be to steal more.

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