Making seething criticism and sweeping statements on state sector workers, the Central Provincial Governor said yesterday that he would interdict any state sector official found hanging out on Facebook during work hours.
He said that such officials would be interdicted with immediate effect before initiating disciplinary inquiries.
“If I receive any complaint about any government official, who often used smartphones or surfing Facebook during office time, first I would interdict him/her and after then only conduct a disciplinary inquiry,” the Governor of Central Province Maithri Gunaratne said.
He was addressing an event organised to appoint government servants in the Central Province yesterday. “The government servants were appointed to serve the public and that service should be given in maximum,” he said. "The government servants who work in the Central Province should work under a certain code of conduct. Before 30 years the productivity of the India Government workers had stayed behind us when compared with our country. But now the situation is different and they surpassed us. Indian State policies were implemented through their government servants. Politicians change every five years but no changes were made to the policies," the Governor said.
“However, in Sri Lanka, our policies were used to change according to the politicians,” he said. "If an ordinary person comes to a Divisional Secretariat, that person should have to come at least fifteen times to get his work done, but if he gives a bribe, the same work was being done in a short period of time. “This is how our government servants serve the public.
Even few honest people can be found among those," Governor Maithri Gunaratne said. The salaries of the government servants are from tax monies collected from the public. The Government collects tax from all consumer items. With the help of these taxes, we maintain the government services,” he added. "These days everyone prefers to have jobs in the state service because they can collect their salary even without doing any work. As usual, the government service should be started at 8.30 a.m but after completing all their personal doings only they used to start office work after 9.30 a.m. Even after starting their work, their phones keep ringing and then they hang on their phones and start surfing Facebook except office work,” the Governor said.
“With all their extra works no government servant works at least two hours a day. The persons, who work, works until their death and non-working person whiles his time away,” Governor Gunaratne added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Only you guys can use this is violation of freedom who voted for these asholes
Unchikun Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:52 AM
What about taking (coco)nuts. This man reminds me of a old and valuable saying "New brooms sweep well". Ha Ha Ha!
Ram Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:09 PM
Its true many servants not doibg their work, but hanging with politicians. What about our politicians who recives not only salary but many perks. All tenders given to politicians.
concerned citizen Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:12 PM
Well said Governor!. It is a sad day to see govt. offices half empty at most times.Take Customs House for example. half of the office is empty at any given time. The staff in Customs House need training to identify the products and apply the correct tariff codes for duty charges. If the wrong code is allocated then the product becomes expensive due to higher charges. EDB is another example. How can the export of Sri Lanka products be done when office workers are not in their seats.
Calistus Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:19 PM
Well said Mr Gunaratne. We require people like in the Parliament too. Cheers and all the best.
Samson Wednesday, 30 January 2019 01:11 PM
You are correct in a way, but we are more worried about those Jo kers we send to parliament and other places where they do nothing for the public. Don't they use public funds? including you. Is it only you guys who can also run 90% wine stores, drug business and the lot.
Jaya Wednesday, 30 January 2019 01:14 PM
who ever speaks the truth they are not popular and encouraged.
sobers Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:23 PM
Very true! Our government service is lethargic, corrupt and over staffed with poor quality. Your statement is 100% correct.Certain Government sector was even against the "Finger Print Time machine" If you succeed in changing the government sector for good, would be a himalayan task.
dickie bird Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:10 PM
You got off to a good start with a right note.Keep it up Governor. Be the role model.Conduct surprise checks. Many areas need audits. Clean up the mess and improve productivity.let the masses be served well.
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