Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday claimed that Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne had been granted Rs.10 million from the President’s Fund for the operation he underwent in Singapore while the common man needed to go through a long procedure and needed documentary proof to obtain even Rs.175,000 from the fund.
He drew the attention of parliament to the fact that private pharmacies and laboratories were mushrooming near government hospitals even though the health minister was claiming that medicines were being provided at government hospitals free of charge. "If these services are being provided free of charge to the public at government hospitals, why are private pharmacies and laboratories mushrooming near government hospitals? If the local health service is so good why did the health minister travel to Singapore for treatment? He should have had his operation done at the National Hospital isn't it?" he asked.
Moving an adjournment motion on the need to provide relief to people affected by the drought, Mr. Dissanayake said people in drought hit areas should be provided with a health service allowance as they were facing great difficulty in finding money for their health services.
"These people have lost their sources of income due to the prevailing drought. Most of these people are suffering from kidney diseases and need money to get medicine," he said.
MP Dissanayake also blamed Minister Senaratne for leasing out the Modara Fisheries Harbour for an amount less than the official estimate given by the State while also claiming that he was avoiding investigations being carried out against him by the Bribery Commission.
"The Bribery Commission has summoned him on two occasions to appear before it to inquire into the harbour tender but the minister had not gone there. Instead he influenced the President to remove the Director General of the Bribery Commission," Mr. Dissanayake alleged. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)
L.P. Mendis Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:36 AM
One simple question - are you using the Pick-up or a Luxury car now?
Berty Nicolos Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:38 AM
How about Keheiliya and Duminda Silva received money from Presidents fund for their treatment abroad.
dp Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:43 AM
Rajitha is holding a huge board to cover his nudity..YAHAPALANAYA
daham Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:03 PM
Man, They were criticized by Yahapalan gang and showed that they won't misuse governtment funds. Anuru who supported in full to bring the present regime getting angry, we can understand.
Ryan Hudson Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:39 AM
I dont have words to tell you
Aladeniya Kirimathaya Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:39 AM
If you are a Cabinet Minister you too will do the same thing man, don't just jabber and show off.
Lion Keerthisinghe Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:42 AM
Anura talk about Mahinda's regime too, they almost all the cabinet ministers got huge money for their jolly trips and treatment, how about that?
Con Dr. A.C.B Abesinghe Thursday, 24 August 2017 10:13 AM
They were defeated in 2015 because of those reasons and I think Anura Kumara was also a part of the movement to oust Mahinda regime. His concern is why present regime is also doing the same
MP Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:42 PM
Dr. A.C.B's argument is absolutely correct. Some people in this column talk rubbish - koheda yenne mallei poll!
sachith Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:44 AM
Totally useless to point those. because our politicians know how to get a seat in the parliament and then a minister post. Our people are totally stupid, even Sakraya and 224 gods come for our general election they will lose even their election deposits.
yahiya Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:51 AM
How much you took it from Maharagama Buissness man
Commissioner Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:59 AM
Why is the GMOA silent on this matter?
citizen Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:20 PM
GMOA would have killed him with venom if he was on a sick bed
Ryan Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:03 AM
turning of the tide
milla Thursday, 24 August 2017 10:27 AM
Citizen Perera Thursday, 24 August 2017 11:53 AM
Is Rajitha was the only minister received money from Presideant's fund? Please reveal the names of other politicians received money from President's fund.
Ranjan Fernando Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:54 PM
The question is relevant. But this information is in public domain today because of freedom of speech, unlike with the previous regime when even a Anura didn't know what went on! However, Rajitha has to answer.
Shely. Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:24 PM
Exposing things is good. But the tone and unparliementary words plus body language of Anura is unprductive and sickening. A third grade show. via DM Android App
Ajith Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:40 PM
He was not sure about getting treated from GMOA doctors.
Terminator> Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:03 PM
Receiving money from the President's fund for an operation is not an allegation. Dear Mr. Anura, without criticizing unnecessary issues please come up with some feasible solutions and join hand for the betterment of this country and it's people please.
Rajan Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:43 PM
Do you observe, JVP is good at criticism and condemning everything what others do, but they do not have any solution.
Abdul Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:54 PM
Rajitha has received 10 million, he has not robbed. So ask from the person who approved this.Why don't you come out with some constructive proposal to uplift the economy.
rajitha yapa Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:41 PM
President's fund is our money, tax payers money. We should know how this is spent. This information should be published every month so that people can see who has benefited from it.
ceylon Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:55 PM
how you paid for your house in ireland . via DM Android App
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