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Some ministers call officials 'Booruwa' -- Asoka Peiris

23 January 2017 10:01 am - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Asoka Peiris, the former chairman of the Delimitation Review Committee said some ministers believed that government officials should act according to their dictates like schoolchildren -- sitting down and standing up when ordered to by their teachers. He said some ministers addressed officials as 'Booruwa'.

He made these comments yesterday (22) while expressing his best wishes to the National delegates seminar held on the theme of “Gamata Deriyak- Ratata Balayak,” held with the participation of JVP leader Anura Dissanayake and party secretary Tilvin Silva at the Maharagama Fair premises.

He said he was able to change this attitude among the ministers. He said there might be a reaction tomorrow to his revelations

This was his first speech at a political meeting although he had participated in and spoken at numerous meetings during his 28 years as an administrative officer in public service. "I am still a government servant, but I came here to reveal the truth despite the risk involved," he said.

He said that when he was working in the delimitation committee he had once asked the minister to allow him to speak, as the minister was talking without a break and giving him (Asoka Peiris) no chance to speak

He referred to a former minister, the late Richard Pathirana, who addressed officials in the ministry as “Booruwa”, and how he had once responded to the minister on such an occasion .

Speaking further he said the time had come to think of changing the government.

He said those who ruled the country had devastated it. He said those on the platform were capable of leading the country to a better future. He asked the people to prepare for a change in 2020.(Muditha Dayananda)

  Comments - 19

  • ANTON Monday, 23 January 2017 11:02 AM


    Dee Monday, 23 January 2017 11:05 AM

    What you need to understand is that , " they are mostly from that background" Even the best of breeds dogs turns three times (even in an AC room) before sleeping.

    Pincha Monday, 23 January 2017 11:13 AM

    Well, well, well, there is somebody has found the backbone and the voice to speak louder, at last. Yes, we need a change, not just a change, but change in the administration of the country with truth in their hearts, minds and soul giving first priority to the country, not the party or the party supporters. Whoever who could effect that change should effectively eradicate corruption, misuse, drugs,nepotism and so on. Long live Sri Lanka!

    KABOOS Monday, 23 January 2017 11:23 AM

    How can they expect from these politicians better words than slang language . 80 percent without O/L 10 percent with A/L and balance 10 percent are with professional qualifications.. This is state of our country. These politicians will lay down our lives for their country.

    udayaklw Monday, 23 January 2017 11:27 AM


    UA Monday, 23 January 2017 11:32 AM

    This Country lack of this kind of government officers.who has real backbone.unfortunately people also not recognized their commitment. Salute you..

    Hassanda Monday, 23 January 2017 11:33 AM

    Got comment Anto Now most ministers say madam to their wife at homeBcos they are guilty of their extra curricular activities

    buffalo Monday, 23 January 2017 12:09 PM

    Unfortunately, many in this country, like those who still want MR and his family to come back, don't think there is anything wrong with officials being addressed as booruwa.

    Mason Monday, 23 January 2017 12:28 PM

    In most cases both are of the same species.

    Mr Perfect Monday, 23 January 2017 12:42 PM

    That's no surprise because one "Booruwa" recognize the other Booruwa. 99% in the parliament and other politicians could be called that name cause they are that.

    Sanath Monday, 23 January 2017 12:45 PM

    It is a consolation to learn there is, at least, one officer who has the courage to stand up and show the dignity. We need more of this caliber.

    Pf Monday, 23 January 2017 01:26 PM

    Why they are called donkeys.Some of these officers are purchased by politicians.So they are underobligated. via DM Android App

    L C A Monday, 23 January 2017 01:27 PM

    Yes, for some government offices, this "Booruwa" word is justifiable !

    Shelly. Monday, 23 January 2017 01:55 PM

    Asoka couldnt forget when officials were called booruwa ball a hivala paraya in the past nobody couldnt protest or correct. But with the change he has got freedom to do what he said. That freedom has to be appriciated first and fast. via DM Android App

    Rosy Monday, 23 January 2017 02:09 PM

    Please, don't site with the hyprocates like JVP.

    rajasinghe Tuesday, 24 January 2017 05:12 AM

    Mr.Peiris,Don't worry. They think others also the same like them. Therefore just forgive their ignorance.

    ceylon Monday, 23 January 2017 04:51 PM

    people usualy call politians buruwa becausr they allways do buru talks and buru works. via DM Android App

    TONY Monday, 23 January 2017 06:04 PM


    usaguy Monday, 23 January 2017 10:48 AM

    we need officers who do not bow down to any politician whether president or PS member. I WS told that during MR govt GLP addressed Namal as sir. idiots. via DM Android App

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