Ravi calls CB Governor a hospital attendant

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If Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has said the economy is clearly in the hospital today, it was in the ICU during the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government and governor Coomaraswamy was an attendant to it, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake today said.

Addressing a news conference held at the Ministry, the minister said he believed that Dr. Coomaraswamy hadn’t made such a comment but said if he had done so, Dr. Coomaraswamy should understand that he had played the role of a hospital attendant when the economy was in the ICU.

“I’m surprised that the governor has made a comment like that. Maybe the media has misinterpreted or distorted what he said. As the finance minister, it’s my responsibility to correct wrong reports,” he said.

He said the government’s monetary and fiscal policies were clear and the government was making measures to salvage the economy and to bring it to the Out Patients Department (OPD) of the hospital.

Delivering a speech on ‘Monetary and Financial Sector Policies for 2017 and Beyond’ Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy on Tuesday has said Sri Lanka was the only country, other than Afghanistan, in the Asia-Pacific region with an IMF programme and having an IMF programme is the economic equivalent to being in hospital.

“We are not in the ICU but clearly in hospital. The remedial treatment is known and it is encouraging that it has commenced,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 25

  • Premalal Friday, 06 January 2017 07:29 AM

    If Ravi is intelligent (?) He will read the above comments and relise how popular he is and do something about it. Right now I think he is as popular as the Dingue virus.

    Economist Friday, 06 January 2017 07:42 AM

    Ravi The governor is realistic in his assessment. Facts do not lie, Politicians do. The people are aware of the situation.The Truth hurts no doubt, face it. A hospital case at present maybe a future basket case if you and the rest of the govt do not wake up.

    Gamaya Friday, 06 January 2017 08:57 AM

    I would like to see comments from the people, who voted for this "Yahapalanaya"

    Paramanathan K Friday, 06 January 2017 09:21 AM

    Minister Ravi is feeling guilty as the Finance Minister he is a failure. He also got into many corrupt practices. His track records is notorius. How could a many times failed accountant fix country's economic problem.

    ceylon Friday, 06 January 2017 09:30 AM

    if sogoverner must solve itnot to talk on stage.he need to learn somethings about how to perform his job. via DM Android App

    Dan Friday, 06 January 2017 09:31 AM

    This is good for our people who got carried away with greatly exaggerated gossips but not facts about past regime by parties with vested interests (including strong LTTE diaspora)....god save Sri Lanka...!

    Perumal Friday, 06 January 2017 09:31 AM

    However, both have admitted that the patient is in hospital and in safe hands of foreign specialists (not GMOs)

    lkboy Friday, 06 January 2017 09:56 AM

    Is he really an accountant?

    Casanova Friday, 06 January 2017 10:40 AM

    Haven't you heard buddy that degrees are for sale?

    Sri Lannkan Friday, 06 January 2017 10:43 AM

    How could RW make a mistake appointing Ravi like a person as his Finance Minister?

    AMILA. G Friday, 06 January 2017 10:44 AM

    Very unprofessional comment from a so called professional.

    AMILA.G Friday, 06 January 2017 10:49 AM

    We expected a Responsible and a Professional decent Administration under RW. But now things seem to be going the same old way , Will Sri Lanka ever come right . Answer is BIG NO.

    Nethra Friday, 06 January 2017 10:50 AM

    Our economy is in the hospital due to the non patriotic politicians who messed up the economy and somewere enjoyed . However past is past, Recover the losses,build up the economy.

    Rasheed Friday, 06 January 2017 10:56 AM

    Because he is the one knows how to rob the country and share with the party fund.

    Pincha Friday, 06 January 2017 11:08 AM

    Rave should have first verified it with the CB Governor.

    Vernon Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:19 PM

    Ravi is equivalent to an articled clerk in an accountancy firm, but given the responsibility of finances of entire SL, and has really messed up matters.

    Hadam Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:27 PM

    Ravi, you should be in mental hospital, not the economic mental, the real mental hospital.

    TJ Friday, 06 January 2017 11:11 AM

    If one person can bring down the government, that is going to be the Finance Minister who badly requires a psychiatric counselling.

    Concern Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:35 PM

    FM should not make a such statement regardless !

    raj Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:51 PM

    An accountant can't run an economy. Especially an accountant who has failed so many times

    johan Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:53 PM

    Let them bite each other then let them go to ICU or hospital

    Senewi Thursday, 05 January 2017 09:57 PM

    Ravi seems to be a peasant in Angoda hospital .

    Don Waskodegama Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:05 PM

    In a diplomatic language, this is a difference between world class professional Vs hospital cleaner and how they look at understand and analyse a day to day issue.

    kumaran Friday, 06 January 2017 12:40 PM

    Appears to me Ravi want Governor out! Hope My3 will show his back bone and sack Ravi and make Harsha or Eran the Finance Minister. Ravi is not suitable for this ministry.

    reader Friday, 06 January 2017 01:16 PM

    "He said the governments monetary and fiscal policies were clear" - what a joke!!

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