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By Indika Sri Aravinda


Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has invited Samurdhi officials for talks on Wednesday to resolve the dispute created over the actions of Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva.

Joint Samurdhi trade union co-convener Nishantha Udawatta speaking to Daily Mirror online said that several government Ministers are expected to attend the talks but was not sure if Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva will also attend the talks.

Samurdhi officials are continuing their boycott of dengue prevention programs in protest over Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva’s actions last week where he tied a Samurdhi official to a tree over his failure to attend a dengue prevention program.

Udawatta said that a one week deadline will be issued to the government on Wednesday during the talks demanding that the Deputy Minister publicly apologize for his actions failing which a complaint will be lodged with the human rights commission.

Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had said last week that a group of government members including cabinet ministers were going to meet President Mahinda Rajapakse in order to request him to take drastic action against Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva’s conduct. (Daily Mirror online)


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  • James Keeth Anderso Monday, 09 August 2010 02:05 PM

    he needs money and brids to sort out things

    OLD Monday, 09 August 2010 11:02 AM

    Samurthi officials who were involved in the protest will be transferred. What happened to Rupavahini? Nothing will happen. No need to worry.

    Mark Monday, 09 August 2010 11:06 AM

    Nothing is going to come out of this meeting. The govt is trying fool us all here.

    Upul Monday, 09 August 2010 11:50 AM

    hahha !! yet another eye wash and all will be well

    nikita Monday, 09 August 2010 11:59 AM

    its a government consisting only of four brothers, kith and keens and puppet ministers

    SW Monday, 09 August 2010 12:38 PM

    Mervyn will box on regardless.

    Jay Monday, 09 August 2010 01:38 PM

    This would be like the jackal resolving a dispute between the chicken and the fox.

    Mohamed Monday, 09 August 2010 01:49 PM

    What about another ONE MAN Commission?

    RZM Monday, 09 August 2010 02:04 PM

    Mr President. Shame on you for not taking action against this so called Dr minister. This is not the first time he acted in the unruly manner.

    R.Dias Monday, 09 August 2010 10:52 AM

    Mr.Minister the Political decisions have to be made placing the Country or People First if you sincerely accpet the fact that the Govt was appointed by the People and not self appointed.

    Ruwan Monday, 09 August 2010 02:13 PM

    Government can easly solve the problem but all are NATO (no action talking only).

    OneLanka Monday, 09 August 2010 02:17 PM

    What we need in Sri Lanka is "Democratic Dictatorship". Whlist I dont agree on the methodlogy, consequance for neglegence of duty is a must.

    Tom Monday, 09 August 2010 02:18 PM

    Dr Mervyn to Basil (With Appologies to Micheal Jackson): Heal the World, make it a better place, for u and for me ...

    basi Monday, 09 August 2010 02:36 PM

    No need to Court system in Sri Lanka..if you have any problems.,,u should meet basil....what a joke....

    Rattapakse Monday, 09 August 2010 03:33 PM

    Who will end up in paying the 10%? Mervin or the Samurdhi trade union?

    Geronimo Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:30 AM

    Good point!

    Geronimo Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:36 AM

    For what its worth.But Mervyn will carry on regardless until his next episode!

    Ajith Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:45 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Great idea, better than making him Media Minister.

    Jagath wettasinghe Monday, 09 August 2010 10:15 AM

    Minister, Are there any mango trees except that mango tree?

    DHA Monday, 09 August 2010 08:36 AM

    Whats the point talking to Basil when the problem is with Melvyn...!!!...

    Nihal Fernando Monday, 09 August 2010 08:44 AM

    Nothing more nothing less than a PUBLIC APOLOGY by the Dy. Minister Mr. Mervyn Silva.

    Wiseman Monday, 09 August 2010 08:46 AM

    They should file FR application aginst police officers who were there for not taking action to prevent it

    Dhiga Monday, 09 August 2010 09:03 AM

    Fastest way to resolve the issue : Appoint Dr Mervyn as the Minister of Samurdhi Affairs!

    kalumnsu Monday, 09 August 2010 09:09 AM

    The law of the Jungle,Sri lanka still 50 years behind.

    ram Monday, 09 August 2010 09:09 AM

    Dear Samurdhi staff, can u all remember the rupavahini scene, what else u expect from the government.

    Lal Medawatte Monday, 09 August 2010 09:37 AM

    This is only another episode of the same drama. Don't you understand why? Basil is going to score some points here through some pet talks.

    Mohammed Monday, 09 August 2010 10:01 AM

    Police are powerless in front of people's elected minister. Who elected him ?

    IrajCalifornia Monday, 09 August 2010 07:57 AM

    Most of the Samurdhi officials do not have the proper qualification, most of them are appointed by politicians, not much difference between Doctor Mervin and Samurdhi officials...!!!

    wijeseiri Monday, 09 August 2010 10:21 AM

    They should file a case against the two guyes (Mervin's thugs) who tied the public officer to a tree. Video evidence is there.

    sally Monday, 09 August 2010 10:21 AM

    Can't president send Mervin for some training in a primary school or some thing? Surely he has executive powers to do that. What's the power Mervin has over the Govt?

    bash Monday, 09 August 2010 10:22 AM

    yes, negligence of duty is a serious offence

    LouVi Monday, 09 August 2010 10:41 AM

    Dengue mosquitos having a field day thanks to MS

    Roshan Monday, 09 August 2010 10:45 AM

    Just because they are not qualified enough you can tie them up in the tree. The problem is not the qualification but can they tie officer to the tree?. Even to a beggar you can't do like this.

    Rahmathullah Monday, 09 August 2010 10:49 AM

    Mr. Minister why don't take up this matter with your brother MR to kick Mervyn out of Parliament?

    Edwardo Baltazar Monday, 09 August 2010 10:51 AM

    Marvin is working for brothers company so brothers company is working for marivn


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