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Lotteries Boards can’t come under Foreign Ministry: Dayasiri

12 June 2017 06:11 am - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera yesterday lashed out at the decision to Gazette Sri Lanka Development Lotteries Board and National Development Lotteries Board under the purview of the Finance Ministry.

Mr. Jayasekera, who is a member of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, did not mince his words about the decision by his leader.

The President assigned the institutions to four Ministries changed in the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

The Sports Minister said the NLB had remained under the purview of the Finance Ministry since inception 1964.

“It is hilarious to bring it under the control of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. I have no issue here regarding Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake. Yet, it goes against the grain to keep it under the purview of a Ministry assigned to handle external affairs,” he said.

“It is like Buddha Sasana Minister being assigned to handle the fisheries sector,” Mr. Jayasekera said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 22

  • TJ Monday, 12 June 2017 09:16 AM

    We all know that it should come under the sports ministry. Looking for a way put the hand in the coffers?

    Kosala Monday, 12 June 2017 11:05 AM

    Please mind own your business minister. You became a minster with UNP VOTE NOT YOUERS via DM Android App

    Red Monday, 12 June 2017 11:25 AM

    ..... finally, public are cheated.

    Aussie Monday, 12 June 2017 12:30 PM

    Hello,Dayasiri,Before you interfere with other ministries, why don't you resolve the problems in your own ministry mainly Susanthika's issue.

    Athugala Monday, 12 June 2017 12:51 PM

    Dayasiri has a special interest with the Lotteries. The Bogollagama lady prints the lottery tickets.

    Bala Monday, 12 June 2017 01:02 PM

    Ravi wants at any cost to keep his close relative as Chairman of the Lotteries Board hence his need for this in his ministry

    rasheed Monday, 12 June 2017 01:17 PM

    Where ever the Minister Ravi goes, he wanted to take the money making Institution with him.

    Selvyn Monday, 12 June 2017 01:34 PM

    Dont be a buffalo. You just do your job perfectly. If you dont like just quit and show your displeasure or protest. via DM Android App

    Shelly Monday, 12 June 2017 01:53 PM

    Why my dear Minister... Then how can a 15 member (peoples wish) Cabinet handle matters. Baby talk. And a Foreign affairs Minister not abroad 365 days. And during past 2 years all necessary work has been completed. Theres nothing much left . Meaning Ravi will be here mostly.past via DM Android App

    Sena Monday, 12 June 2017 02:29 PM

    MS is just a "yes" puppet who bows to everyone (GMOA, LPBOA... etc). Should never have been appointed President.

    John V gra Monday, 12 June 2017 03:05 PM

    Why not...we can sell our lotteries in the international market...Brilliant piece of action by the MS/RW/CBK clan..we will be rich in no time ..

    Damian Monday, 12 June 2017 03:15 PM

    But RK has to sell Lotteries @ the UN noh?

    karu Monday, 12 June 2017 06:55 AM

    Foreign Ministry with Finance functions and Finance Ministry with no functions. Good governance.

    Anushka Wijepala Monday, 12 June 2017 07:20 AM

    Stupid and suspicious! "Elaharakai Meeharaki wage"

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 12 June 2017 07:22 AM

    May be the Sri Lankan embassies will start to sell lottery tickets worldwide.

    Dee Monday, 12 June 2017 07:25 AM

    Lottery is a game. How about it being brought under the sports ministry? Happy!

    dulam Monday, 12 June 2017 07:44 AM

    Planning to jump to JO?

    usaguy Monday, 12 June 2017 08:15 AM

    you are absolutely right. via DM Android App

    Sunil Monday, 12 June 2017 08:24 AM

    This regime is right royally making a mockery of everything it handles.

    ANTON Monday, 12 June 2017 08:28 AM

    LOOKS LIKE HE IS NIT GETTING A REASONABLE CUT FROM SPORTS MINISTRY.

    Lankan Monday, 12 June 2017 08:56 AM

    It appears that our President will do anything to be in power. Our President is silent on most issues and he speaks like an outsider about major issues. He has to lead from front instead of making is point of view. via DM Android App

    Kale Monday, 12 June 2017 08:56 AM

    Yes, must keep the ability to assign favours and collect commissions with the correct minister...


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