No conspiracy to remove Sri Lanka central bank chief, claims government | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s ruling party has denied opposition allegations of a conspiracy to remove Central Bank chief Nandalal Weerasinghe.

Chief Government Whip Prasanna Ranatunga told parliament on Tuesday September 06 that the government has no intention whatsoever to remove Weerasinghe from the position of Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).

Ranatunga was responding to allegations by MPs from the main opposition the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) who has been insinuating since late August a conspiracy is underfoot to have Weerasinghe replaced with someone friendlier to the government.

SJB MP Chaminda Wijesiri claimed on Tuesday that the central bank chief’s impending removal was clear from the way government MPs had behaved towards him during a seminar held the previous week to educate parliamentarians on Sri Lanka’s economic crisis.

Governor Weerasinghe, although he did not heap blame on any individuals, was openly critical of policies followed by the previous government led by then president President Gotabaya Rajapaksa which contributed to the crisis.

Minister Ranatunga, however, was adamant that there was no plan to give Weerasinghe the sack.

“The opposition is trying to show that the government is doing such a thing, I don’t know; maybe the opposition wants him out of that position,” said Ranatunga.

SJB MP Rohini Kumari Wijeratne, commenting on the government’s approach to restructuring state-owned enterprises (SOEs), said: “Having arranged the pension for the ministerial post and the governor post held by former CBSL governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the government is now trying to blame it on the current governor and trying to remove him from the post.”

“The government has absolutely no intention, want or need to remove the current governor from the position. He was appointed by the previous president and the current president is the one who extended his duration in the post,” replied Ranatunga. (Colombo/Sep06/2022)

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