The appointments of heads to State corporations, boards and other institutions would be made through a selection board to ensure only the qualified and professionals would be appointed as chairpersons and directors, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today.
Addressing the newly appointed ministers and to-be appointed ministers at the Presidential Secretariat, President Rajapaksa said the statutory bodies and corporations have become loss-making institutions in the past.
“We should be able to maintain them without being a burden to the Treasury and to make them profitable. This can be done by selecting the right person to do the right job. Therefore, only the qualified and knowledgeable professionals should be appointed as chairpersons and director board members,” he said.
He said it was also outlined in his presidential election manifesto that a selection board would be appointed to select the correct person. “I request ministers to submit the names to the selection board so that it can consider whether the nominees qualify,” President Rajapaksa said.
Meanwhile, he said the unskilled job vacancies at ministries should be filled with the underprivileged people in the area of an institution, instead of with the people from the designated minister’s electorate.
“Whether it is a hospital or a school, unskilled jobs should be given to the poor in the respective area. Unfortunately, unskilled jobs at a ministry were earlier given to the people in a minister's electorate. These vacancies should be filled by members of low-income families. If highly educated people were appointed as unskilled workers, they will not be able to get the job done,” the President said.
When filling unskilled job vacancies, President Rajapaksa said all MPs should be given equal opportunities to make nominations.
“All MPs should be given equal opportunity to fill the unskilled job vacancies without one single minister directly filling them. If there are such vacancies, please inform us at the Presidential Secretariat then we can ensure that all MPs can be given the opportunity to fill these vacancies,” he said.
Commenting on the 15-member Cabinet, he said it was appointed for a limited time to deliver what was promised during the presidential election campaign.
“This is an interim government appointed to fulfil people’s expectations and the pledges we made in the election manifesto. At the presidential election, we also asked for a mandate to go for a general election. At the earliest possible opportunity, we will go for a general election constitutionally,” President Rajapaksa said.
He said the people expressed displeasure over the political culture that prevailed in the country in the past. “Bearing that in mind, we should enter a new era by breaking away from that culture,” he said.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the new ministers, party leaders and others were present at the ceremony. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 11
Lalit Friday, 22 November 2019 07:50 PM
Well said sir. Keep the momentum going.
Iqbal Friday, 22 November 2019 08:10 PM
Way to go Sir
Bala Friday, 22 November 2019 08:24 PM
In the selection board Basil will be chairman and Namal and Yoshitha and Shiranthi will be board members as it should be free and fair!
Mim IRSHAN Friday, 22 November 2019 08:49 PM
Best president and prime minister to our country
Mithun Friday, 22 November 2019 08:56 PM
Yes. There are CEB meter readers in Jaffna from South.
D perera Friday, 22 November 2019 09:14 PM
We like to see lot of changes and make Sri Lanka better place to live. Good going so far, keep up the good work.
Sunil Friday, 22 November 2019 09:18 PM
better advertise for chairman, director positions and select the best through competitive interviews. when ministers nominate a set of people it may not be the best in talent pool of country
Jude Friday, 22 November 2019 09:23 PM
Steps in the right direction!!! GOTA, so far YOU'VE impressed me immensely!!! To begin with I wasn't a fan of yours!!! YEAH!!, Kudos to YOU GOTA!!!
Gayan Friday, 22 November 2019 09:31 PM
Nice to see the new direction. Politicians should support the president.
MADAN Friday, 22 November 2019 09:38 PM
Very good move Sir. Keep it up don’t appoint Pro. G L. PIERIS. Not civilized students send them back home.
Nicholas A Monday, 25 November 2019 07:57 AM
Bring down capable, patriotic highly educated young people like engineer Hasala for correct positions
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