President Rajapaksa has told the staff of the Presidential Secretariat that they should be dedicated to developing the country more than the dedication made by them to the national victory.
He was speaking to the staff who assumed duties for the new year amidst multi religious observances. Further addressing the staff after the blessings showered by the Clergy on the President and the staff, he referred to the significant service they had to discharge in the development process.
The President said the challenge of development is much bigger than the challenges faced when defeating terrorism. The staff of the Presidential Secretariat is well prepared to surmount these challenges. The President said this staff is fortunate to be working at the Secretariat and hoped that they will set an example for the rest of the public sector.
Meanwhile, the staff of the Presidential Secretariat assumed office under the leadership of President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga. A simple ceremony was held opposite the Presidential Secretariat. The Public Service pledge was read by the President’s Secretary, while the staff gave this solemn pledge.
Addressing the staff, Mr Weeratunga pointed out that as the highest body of the public service, the Presidential Secretariat should set an example to other public institutions. He advised his staff to make the best of the remaining working days to provide an excellent service to the public.