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The joint opposition (JO) today requested President Maithripala Sirisena to issue a circular ensuring the safety of government servants who are providing relief to flood and landslide-affected people disregarding standard protocols and circulars.

It said though the President had requested officers to disregard circulars when providing relief, the officers were not keen to take effective decisions or to take a risk because they fear action against them.

“As soon as the government came to power, it questioned more than 200 soldiers about money spent to provide relief to flood victims in 2014. The army obtained Rs.50 million to uplift the livelihood of those living in flooded-affected areas and returned the balance Rs.26 million to the government. The transaction was transparent. Even former Army Commander Daya Ratnayake was questioned on this matter. Against such a background, soldiers and other officers shy away from taking prompt action,” MP Bandula Gunawardena said today.

He said this was why the President, as the Minister of Defence, should assure the officers who take action in good faith would not be faulted.

The MP said the present state mechanism appeared to be faily passive during the disaster while media institutions and other organizations are providing relief.

He said funds allocated to the Housing and Constructions Ministry to construct housing units across the country should be utilized to build and refurbish houses for the landslide and flood victims.

The MP also requested the government to hold meetings chaired by district secretaries on how best to coordinate the provision of relief to the victims and discuss the other measures that needed to be taken in this situation. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


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  • Dinesh Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:45 AM

    Only 5% is genuine, the balance is fully corrupt to the core right from the top to the bottom.

    Demo Crazy. Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:40 PM

    Haunting Awabhavithaya and FCID. via DM Android App

    felix Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:13 PM

    He has forgotten that is darling leader is the one who started with the Tsunami aid..

    Shan Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:21 AM

    Common folk and some local and international groups are tirelessly serving at this crisis time. What the hell JO has done. Go and and have a nap.

    Suranimala Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:25 AM

    The tri-forces, private media, general public and various other organizations have risen to the occasion to provide relief to those who are affected. JO can keep their outdated opinion of depending solely on government on every issue to themselves.

    nm Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:10 AM

    Whats the matter with mr. 2500. What ever the government does they look at that in a different angle. If not has no wsy to exist. via DM Android App

    AjithZ Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:52 AM

    Sri Lanka is a corrupt country. There got to be some accountability. As long as anyone can prove that the funds are used for the benefit of the needy, no issue. Otherwise it will be a disaster with most of the funds going to the pockets of the officials. Remember, this is where hundreds of millions were vanished even from the Tsunami funds and very prominent figures were accused! Of course no action taken.

    mithra Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:48 AM

    The man who fooled public saying that a family of 4 could live for a month with Rs.2500.00. Did you ever dare to ask your former boss MR to issue a circular ensuring safety of public servants in an era where one by one disappeared?

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:40 AM

    Not to worry. Mervyn cannot tie officials to trees now!!!

    sobers Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:18 AM

    No one should fear as long as they are honest. Some pretend to be sheep in wolf clothing and rob the affected and innocent. This should never happen. Remember, we all know how the politicians swindle this country.

    Selvyn Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:38 PM

    You have no right to talk about this Govt. You remained silent when your darling leader allowed everyone to rob via DM Android App

    Aussie Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:29 AM

    Mr.Gunawardana, don't try to fish in the troubled waters, if so the status that has already down, will go to the grown level. You have tried everything on this earth to show your colours,but nothing is working. If you want to be regarded by people again, either you have to leave MR and GL and join MS or RW. We can help you on this. Don't you worry,we know you are shameless.

    empulze Wednesday, 31 May 2017 04:34 AM

    JO always breakdown come on go help the citizens who are in dear need without trying to turn such an opportunity to your political gain. via DM Android App

    das Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:45 AM

    what about the safety of the rogues who robbed us during the previous regime?

    RR Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:06 AM

    Yes, this government has instilled fear in the poor public servants' mind. The corruptive politicians are having a hey day even after commiting serious crimes

    Sincere Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:17 PM

    Yaaa yaaaaa. Very pragmatic politician he is. He knows about Helping Humbantota!!

    Moddya Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:01 PM

    The President is doing his best to help those who are in trouble as the result of recent flood. People like Bandulla needs his brain to be checked.

    Shan Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:52 PM

    Nonsense, in crisis situation what circulars you need? Do you think only Govt servants are humans? What about others? This man is talking being in safe havens.

    TONY Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:47 PM

    LET THIS PRESIDENT GOVERN THIS COUNTRY. WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO DICTATE TERMS TO THE PRESIDENT

    sam Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:47 PM

    Mr Bandula your are free to issue any statements during this government to promote your master. Remember during last regime you couldnt open your mouth for good or bad. via DM iOS App


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