Condemning the remarks made by Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa that public service is a burden to the nation, Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa today alleged that the government is preparing to dissolve the public service in Sri Lanka, either directly or by indirect means.
‘The Minister of Finance has stated that the public service has been over widened to the extend that now the country can no longer bear it and the public service is a burden to the country. We believe that this is also the stance of the government and we condemn that statement with contempt. It is clear that the government is preparing to dissolve the public service in Sri Lanka, either directly or by indirect means” Mr. Premadasa said in a statement.
‘The Minister who presents a popular proposal of raising the retirement age in Public Service from 60 to 65 in the Budget, says the very next day that the public service is a burden to the nation. The minister who violates his own opinion the next day is acting in accordance with his own ridiculous budget proposal. We are not surprised to witness this treatment of the government to public servants, who are crowned at the altar during election period,”
“The opportunistic nature of the government is made very well manifested today in its position to see public servants as a burden to the country even before the end of current pandemic. It has forgetten the commendable and indomitable intervention of the public service in catastrophic situations,” Mr. Premadasa added. (Yohan Perera)