Refrain from engaging in politics: President to State officials

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today public sector officials including board members of State corporations and statutory bodies as well as members of director boards appointed by his government should refrain from engaging in propaganda of any political party and not use public assets during the upcoming election.

He said all officials paid by the public should work diligently, efficiently and honestly in discharging their duties. In a statement, President Rajapaksa said if any head of State institution or director board member wished to engage in party politics, they could do so after resigning.

“What they should do is to transform State institutions into efficient, corrupt-free, disciplined and profitable ones. State institutions are being maintained by public funds and therefore they should never become a burden to the public. No public asset including vehicles and financial resources of any State institution including ministries should be utilised to promote any political party in the upcoming election. Stern legal action will be taken against the heads of State institutions, director board members and other officials if they do so," he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Chux Monday, 08 June 2020 10:36 PM

    Firs you advise those to your family menbers

    Antony Jude Monday, 08 June 2020 10:45 PM

    First of all you should avoid supporting the SLPP candidates in the upcoming election. You should act as a President. Not as a SLPP member.

    Andy Capp Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:18 AM

    That is a joke! State Officers depend on political backing!!

    ravin Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:32 AM

    All are eagerly waiting. Let's see how far you can implement with stooges around.

    Joshua Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:47 AM

    Could have announced this after the election.

    Yankee Dude Tuesday, 09 June 2020 09:10 AM

    Preaching what is not practiced .

    VJ Tuesday, 09 June 2020 10:18 AM

    What would be the appropriate punishment for violating this directive? Termination of employment? Prosecution and jail?

    Roshanaly Tuesday, 09 June 2020 10:51 AM

    Except for GMOA.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 09 June 2020 10:54 AM

    But 90% of all government employees are political hench-aiyas and still counting and continuing. So how come you want crocodiles to become geckos so suddenly.

    Sando Tuesday, 09 June 2020 11:06 AM

    GR must take full control and run the Country. He is a visionary Leader.

    M.z.i.ahamed Tuesday, 09 June 2020 12:38 PM

    Sir.your ideas and vision that i have noted recently are the ones that we were looking forward from a very long time .And you have the power and will to execute , for allthese to materialise you have to be on a neutral platform .Ignore allyour personal relationship .and start to think all sri lankans are your relation equally .This way you will not fail to complete your mission . And we are ready to give our total support leaving aside party caste aor creed .and help you in your effort to build a strong sri lanka .ameen

    sam panditha Tuesday, 09 June 2020 01:23 PM

    Does this also apply to President's brother, SLPP campaign manager, who has been given the responsibility of distributing the Rs 5000?

    M-B-G Tuesday, 09 June 2020 02:09 PM

    At televised press beings, then how is that faces of all Rajapaksa's (M,B,G) can been seen in a small circular (LCD) panel fixed behind on the left hand side. There is only one face left out !

    L.P. Mendis Tuesday, 09 June 2020 04:28 PM

    His Excellency President, we like your principals and even Hon. Prime Minister's principals. Everything is good but you must up-root dam liars and looters like Weerawansa, Gamampilla, Mahinananda


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