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Public servants need not be afraid of being faulted in case of circumventing laid-down procedures to help the flood and landslide-affected, Public Enterprise Development Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne said today.

He said priority at this moment should be to help the victims and not to bring down vehicles.

The deputy minister said the government had requested all state banks to help small and medium business enterprises which has been affected by the floods. However, he said an assessment as to the extent of the damage or the number of such business that have been affected.

The deputy minister said it was essential to obtain the services of geological experts to carry out a test on the composition of Sri Lanka's soil to determine the underlying causes for the landslides. “One of the reasons may be the movement of the top soil but a proper study has to be made so that government could take necessary steps to prevent landslides in the future,” he said and underscored the fact most of those who died were from landslides rather than from the floods. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:46 AM

    He talks sense.

    Asitha Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:31 AM

    You all are well known for sending public servants to welikada while you and your cabinet colleagues robing the whole country and its wealth.

    Leo Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:24 PM

    Certain instances time spent to uphold the law will put an individuals life in jeopardy. via DM Android App

    Senewi Wednesday, 31 May 2017 12:25 PM

    Even MR said the same thing during the previous regime .

    Aussie Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:43 AM

    Dear public servants, here you are getting the government assurance from the minister. He is a person who will never go back on his word, trust him and help our brothers and sisters whom are very badly affected floods and land slides. Please don't listen to any of these bankrupted politicians who are looking for reasons for nothing to attack some one in the government, because they have no any other work to do.

    R.Suntharalingam Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:46 AM

    It is very unfortunate that the public service is under the thumb of the volatile politicians. Public service is well established and circulars etc serve as guidelines. to facilitate smooth flow of work. To encourage breaking the circulars amounts to either the inability of the public servant to do his part or the circulars have deteriorated to prevent good work being undertaken . Ours is a very well established public service with the well established paraphernalia for orderly functioning during both normal and abnormal .The hitch is do we have the appropriate personnel in the service after some years of tampering with its independence by both sides -political and administrative

    karu Wednesday, 31 May 2017 06:49 AM

    Local plywood industries are responsible for removal of rubber plantations and destruction of forestry in these areas.

    mm Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:39 AM

    so its ok to break the law but when previous regime did it was wrong. wait till the tables turn man. via DM iOS App

    Haramanis Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:20 AM

    Don't worry the FCID, Presidential commission and Bribery Commission are all waiting for you. And Mr Eran Wick will be no where to be found!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:21 AM

    PLANING TO GIVE PROPER TREATMENTS AFTER THE PATIENT DIED.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:40 AM

    Nobody should be allowed to break the law to extend emergency services. Instead, ensure that the procedures are fast actioned in lightning quick time, in the same manner private enterprises work. The State administration is riddled with lethargy and incompetence, thus even in the case of an emergency the incompetent and lethargic lot will always blame procedural delays, this is their farce and culture of working.


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