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The newly appointed Health Ministry Secretary Udaya R. Seneviratne had been unable to assume duties due to the differences with Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said.

Mr. Seneviratne, who is currently working as the Mahaweli Development & Environment Ministry Secretary was appointed as the Secretary to the Health Ministry by President Maithripala Sirisena a week ago.

Responding to a question raised by the Daily Mirror journalist at a press briefing held in Colombo, GMOA’s Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said though President Sirisena appointed Mr. Seneviratne as Health Ministry Secretary, he had not assumed duties so far.

“We have information that Health Minister Senaratne opposes the appointment of Mr. Seneviratne. The new Secretary has a remarkable record in the places where he served. We suspect whether the Minister wanted to appoint someone close to him,” he said.

Responding to the matter Mr. Seneviratne said he could not say an exact date that he would assume duties on the new position, however there was no special reason behind the delay.

“I’m not aware that the Health Minister Senaratne opposes my appointment. At the moment I cannot give an exact date that I’m going to assume duties. Soon after my work done at the Mahaweli Ministry, I will assume duties,” Mr. Seneviratne said.

Minister Senaratne could not be reached for a comment. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Nimal Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:51 PM

    I can't stand these GMOA !

    Shelly. Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:11 PM

    If a Minister refuces to take in a Secretary that is it. No one has the right to force him. For example If the General body of GMOA dosent want Aluthge can he stay there by force?.via DM Android App

    Kadiya Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:20 PM

    Udaya, Wimal and Bandu look out- you will soon be out of a job, GMOA is taking over!!!

    Haramanis Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:21 PM

    Why was the Secretary removed from Mahaweli by the Mahaweli Minister himself - MS???

    shantha.gamlath Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:37 PM

    According to constitutions that president has power to appoint secretary to any ministry. So, minister cannot oppose beyond the president power..

    Dot Thursday, 15 June 2017 06:01 AM

    Its the party politics,its an internal matter within the party ..and no news that impact on the ordinary citizens ..Environment Sec can bring some input into health may be.

    Freddy Yong Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:33 PM

    Oh my goodness. We've hearing things unheard of in the past. Who or what is the GMOA. Just a bloody trade union. So how can a trade union dictate to the Government. It now appears that the GMOA is not what was thought of in the recent past but is now a bunch of rabble rousers


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