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President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have proposed a special subcommittee headed by Minister Sarath Fonseka to make recommendations on how best to deal with emergency situations triggered by incidents such as disruption of the power supply, port activities and fuel distribution.

The idea was mooted against the backdrop of the disruption caused to fuel distribution by petroleum workers launching trade union against the move to lease the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm to an Indian Oil Company.

The strike was called off on Monday night after an assurance given by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who left for India yesterday for talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Cabinet discussed this matter last morning with the President reportedly asking Field Marshal Fonseka to head a committee comprising all stakeholders including the military and the Law and Order Ministry to respond to emergency situations.

The President made this proposal in response to views expressed by some ministers that the military should be trained to deal with such situations. They said some 1,500 petroleum workers were able to cripple the activities of the Government and that should not be allowed in the future. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • mahinda Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:39 PM

    President is going to dig his own grave. He is misled poor thing.

    BUSHEL Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:45 PM

    oon after he will brake the back bones of yaha palanaya

    silva Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:45 PM

    We need the contact information of this unit urgently.

    raje Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:46 PM

    excellent move by the government

    Nimal Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:56 PM

    Same strategy of MR and Gota

    lpd Wednesday, 26 April 2017 02:57 PM

    Good alternative. Same can be applied to GMOA menace to ease suffering on Public.

    AUSLANKA Wednesday, 26 April 2017 03:08 PM

    Another urgent requirement is to have a unit of doctors from armed forces to be ready for action when those undignified government doctors announce their strike actions.

    henry Wednesday, 26 April 2017 03:24 PM

    pls do not delay any action .start with the gmoa rascals via DM Android App

    Sunil Wednesday, 26 April 2017 03:59 PM

    An emergency that requires your intervention is taking place in Kollupitiya where a family is being threatened by a Rajapaksa gangster.

    kamal Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:03 PM

    Heading to an unofficial military government. This wedabari government started showing their true colors.

    Sharoni Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:11 PM

    Ahhhhh so 21st century belongs to all mobs and thugs.. Not for people who wants to live in peace. What has 21st century got to do with any backup plans

    Casanova Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:12 PM

    A ball is not a ball unless it bounces well,lets see how SF handles this.

    SL AR MY Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:14 PM

    Give details. We are there to put things in place and make sure democracy is upheld in this country

    Ravi Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:29 PM

    Too much democrazy dosen't suit Sri Lanka

    ravi Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:31 PM

    Enough is enough, the correct choice to control the JO goons.

    Senewi Wednesday, 26 April 2017 05:06 PM

    Using military powers to crush trade unions may lead to a 1989 type disaster .

    HIran Wednesday, 26 April 2017 05:19 PM

    As always the government is taking short term solutions. You want to prevent strikes and disruptions ? improve the labor laws. Make it easy so that striking workers in crucial sectors can be thrown off jobs. The mere threat of job loss will make them think twice.

    Radhik Wednesday, 26 April 2017 05:33 PM

    Right thing to do at this right time. Looks like Sri Lankans doesnt need need too much of democracy. Sadly ending up with politically motivated protests and strikes. Well done President. via DM iOS App

    sen Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:03 PM

    Excellent move.People should be allowed to reap the real benefits of democracy.At last the govt.is moving in the right direction, law must be enforced to the letter and it should be extended to maintain discipline in the.govt institutions as well.

    AA Wednesday, 26 April 2017 06:08 PM

    Good move. Protesters can protest, but not at the expense of the economy of the country nor its people. The comments are interesting. Some say government useless, some say going to military rule. decided what you want.

    mohan Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:21 AM

    doesn't sound good, is military background (obey the order) ) want give pleasant experience on negotiation table. hope we are not heading to dictatorship

    Hapuarachchi Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:22 AM

    Yes, Nation should not.be held ransom by these politically backed Stooges.

    Sameen Jan Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:29 AM

    The military should not be used to pull political chestnuts out of the fire for politicians corrupt or worse.The last thing SL needs is an Army taking on trade unions (with the politicians hiding behind it )

    TJ Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:30 AM

    Right person to handle the situation. Go head and break the backbone of these trouble makers including GMOA

    Art Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:33 AM

    Good move. SF should have wider network with stake holders of medical stream too to curb repeated hardships that GMOA has been inflicting on general public.

    ceylon Wednesday, 26 April 2017 07:04 PM

    do the job he can do.defence related.that is what he knows well. via DM Android App

    yahiya Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:45 AM

    Thuggery must controlled by thuggery. Govt. should not knee down to strikes. Peoples are suffering lot. Best way to police

    Justica USA... Wednesday, 26 April 2017 07:13 PM

    plus hand him the Ministry of defence for a year...Wijedasa Rajapaksa is more fit for Buddhasasana..plus a deal maker. SF will bring back discipline...well ppl took too much for granted...n started holding the country at ransom...as a start herd in all criminal politicos ..especially from the previous regime..via DM Android App

    Shelly. Wednesday, 26 April 2017 07:15 PM

    There is big weight since the proposal had come from the leader of SLFP. A timely proposal. via DM Android App

    Sharon Wednesday, 26 April 2017 10:26 AM

    Another foolish move. This is 21st century...

    Senewi Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:29 PM

    Leading to another white flag case .

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