Government doctors today called for the resignation of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka in the wake of even President Maithripala Sirisena reportedly saying that the budget proposals had placed the government in a difficult position.
Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) Dr. Naveen De Soyza told the media that when they met President Sirisena he had said the 2016 Budget had created unnecessary problems for the government.
“Citing one instance of arbitrary budget decisions by Mr. Karunanayaka, the President said he was not consulted when the emission test fee for motor vehicles was increased to Rs.5,000 or tax on electric cars being increased to Rs. 25,000 despite being the Environment Minister,” he said.
He hit out saying that Minister Karunanayaka must tender his resignation immediately as he was not fit to hold that portfolio after committing all these blunders and added that the changes and amendments made to the budget too numerous to count.
“If the GMOA was compelled to resort to trade union action by ignoring our demands, it will be decisive and indefinite. We will not step back as long as the government refuses to meet all our demands,” Dr. De Soyza said.
He said it appeared that the entire budget had been prepared only by Minister Karunanayaka and had not consulted even Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and that was why the President and Prime Minister had to intervene to change a majority of the proposals to minimize the damage and the public anger.
He said the GMOA smelt something fishy in the whole affair and it could be termed as an attempt to topple the government and alleged that if there was a conspiracy against the government, Finance Minister Karunanayaka must be the flag bearer. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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Comments - 11
Chris Tuesday, 29 December 2015 06:54 AM
Consultation charges are above Rs 1500/-, Surgery Minimum Rs 50,000. Private clinic doctor charge minimum Rs 300/-. INLAND REVENUE over to you.
Dewage Monday, 28 December 2015 07:25 PM
Tax Payers moeny? yes everybody including politicians MPs and and all school dropouts study using tax payers moeny. Idiot, You must learn that engineers and doctors do the maximum respect to taxayers expectations
Lanka Monday, 28 December 2015 07:29 PM
OMG......they are starting everything now.....give in RW.....they will ask you to resign next.
Coconut Republic Monday, 28 December 2015 07:39 PM
You are absolutely right. They forgot their oaths. Only money talks. Kick the TU out .Doctors ensure your ethical conduct
email@example.com Tuesday, 29 December 2015 08:39 AM
NO CONFIDENCE !!..........repeat of CWE
Coconut Republic Monday, 28 December 2015 07:51 PM
Sorry. ..Ravi , in most proposals he was correct. You better take care of the citizens. which is an oath
Karunka Hora Monday, 28 December 2015 07:54 PM
Different is hevan, Country is in grave
sam Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:08 AM
@DewageDo you really think the callous manner in which these docs behave is ethical?
harsha.munasinghe Monday, 28 December 2015 08:13 PM
I do not remember a single moment when the doctors spoke about the improvement of the health sector. They only talk about their salaries, tax-free cars, schools for their children, etc. They now fear the private medical colleges and foreign doctors because in such an event these GMOA doctors cannot continue to work at government hospitals for concessions and private hospitals for money. They fear that the private hospitals will no longer need them. You will have answer these after your death. You all will be reborn as perethayas!
Fassey Monday, 28 December 2015 09:08 PM
These doctors start their demands from the university and it is endless and continues until they become pensioners. There should a limit for demands and greed. Even the private sector do hard work but they are never a burden to the government and the society.
sobers Monday, 28 December 2015 06:20 PM
GMOA, should demand for betterment of Hospital services instead of demanding everything for themselves. Remember, their entire studies were through Tax payers money!
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