Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who had been offered a position with the responsibility to execute essential services in case they were disrupted, said today that he expected to fulfil the request made by the President.
Speaking to journalists at a New Year Festival held in Kelaniya, the minister said President Maithripala Sirisena instructed him to take responsibility in carrying out essential services when they were disrupted.
“The President made the request at the last Cabinet meeting and it was approved. I told at that moment a discussion is needed to draft a mechanism to implement this programme. I realize the intentions of the President and expect to fulfil them. I will put the country first,” he said.
At the Cabinet meeting, the President had asked the Minister if he was ready to take over the army to which Minister Fonseka had said ‘No.’ He had again rejected when he was offered a post of a ‘security division head’ by the President.
“It is only then that the President invited me to take over the responsibility of carrying out duties when essential services were disrupted,” Minister Fonseka said.
He also said trade unions should focus on the welfare of members without being henchmen of political elements with vested interests.
“The government will never suppress the rights of trade unions. We will carry out our responsibilities while protecting the country’s democratic nature. We will not go for a military rule. There is no need to do so. There was such an administration in the past but we won’t do such things,” he said. (Lal S. Kumara)
Comments - 13
Ramba Friday, 28 April 2017 10:46 AM
SF you got your freedom now, also got your title. Retire now, and have your respect, no matter who comes in to power next.
max Friday, 28 April 2017 10:51 AM
End of the remaining little dignity for SF. The irony is very people shouted for "rights" of the people are now take arms against for the same!
Freddy Yong Friday, 28 April 2017 11:12 AM
Best piece of new so far. Dear Mr. President, give the Field Marshal the Law and Order portfolio and remove that lame pup Sagara Ratnayake forthwith.
RDF Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:19 PM
JUST DO IT. IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING. You have proved it before. Thank you.
ceylon Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:24 PM
good.you do whats good for country.also reduce un necesary security for mahinda and gota.105 and 50 body guards.waste of resourcess and money. via DM Android App
ceylon Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:26 PM
reduce mahi and gotas body guards to 30 and 15.billions wasting while thousands are beging on roads. via DM Android App
kondaya77 Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:39 PM
At last common sense prevails,all the rouge trade unions watch out! there is a new sheriff in town.
REALPATRIOT Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:44 PM
WELL SAID SIR CARRY ON THE DUTIES ENTRUSTED TO YOU WE VALUE YOUR CAPABALITIES AND THE HARD WORK FOR THE BETTER OF OUR NATION. ALL TRUE PATRIOTS WILL BACK YOU. via DM Android App
AjithZ Thursday, 27 April 2017 09:55 PM
Unfortunately our people do not understand the meaning of democracy. Specially groups like JVP (anf IUSF), JO think they are always correct and have a right protest if their demands are not met. What about the silent majority who disagree with them? Need a strong hand as and when they go beyond the red line. FM, we trust that you can do that job. Please bring discipline and order to the country, specially to Colombo. We are sick of these daily protests.
nihal denipitiya Friday, 28 April 2017 06:51 AM
dear sir. please take over the responsibity and please helpthe people to do the day to day wofk. we trust you
Hunga Friday, 28 April 2017 06:55 AM
Well said, transfer those security to Mahendran who needs more protection!
Sri Wickrema Friday, 28 April 2017 07:07 AM
The so called politically motivated trade unions mislead the people saying Govt would sell our national assets where as actual situation is completely different. The Govt should come up with a new strategy to educate people about the proposed joint ventures with foreign collaborators.
Ajantha Saturday, 29 April 2017 11:13 AM
All THUMBS_UP planned by Ponseka now forget all your dreams as President was joking which means Ponseka is himself a joke
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