President Rajapaksa has said that public employees should serve as leaders in Sri Lanka’s endeavour to become the “Miracle of Asia.” He made this reference while handing over letters of appointment to a section of new management assistants.
The handing over of letters of appointment to 2333 management assistants took place at Temple Trees this morning. The era in which attempts were made to dilute the public service making it an inefficient service has drawn to an end. Pointing out that the present Government had discharged a significant service to solidify the public service, the President claimed that the public servants should take the lead in Sri Lanka’s march towards the goal of becoming “Asia’s Miracle”.
The President said public employees now total 1.3 million. He described the new appointees will add to this number. He pointed out that their service would be of significance only if they are able to solve the problems of the people who approach them. It should not be forgotten that everyone in this country pursued studies with the money of the public. The President advised them not to become a burden to the masses but to serve them to the optimum. He opined that the Government was providing a suitable salary to all public employees. He also referred to the many incentives granted to these workers which included housing loans at concessionary interest rates. He emphasized the responsibility of making the country “Asia’s Miracle” was vested in them. He added that the Government employees should take the lead in this task.
Further expressing his views, the President emphasized that the Government would wipeout the remote villages from the map through development in the manner it eliminated the border villages. The Government considers the North, the East and the South as one country. Expressing views in Sinhala as well as Tamil languages, the President underlined that everyone who have received new appointments should serve on behalf of the people from any location considering every part of the country as a pleasant area. Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne also addressed the gathering.
President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga was the other speaker. Minister Naveen Dissanayake and Deputy Minister Vijaya Dahanayake were present.