Acting DG appointed TO Customs; TU action continues | Daily News

Acting DG appointed TO Customs; TU action continues

The Finance Ministry yesterday appointed Additional Secretary of the Finance Ministry H.G. Sumanasinghe, as the Acting Director General of the Sri Lanka Customs.

However, the trade union action of the Sri Lanka Customs officers is continuing, objecting to the decision to remove the current Director General of Customs Mrs. P.M.S. Charles and appoint a retired Navy officer as the new Director General of Sri Lanka Customs.

In a letter to the President on January 30, the Customs officers had said they would continue the work to rule campaign until the decision to remove the current DG has been reversed. The Customs trade Union Alliance said that the decision to appoint an ex-military person cannot be accepted as stated that as per government laws and regulations the position of Director General can only be held by a Special Grade Officer from the State Administration Service of Sri Lanka Customs.

Speaking to the Daily News, the Secretary of the Union Sameera Wickramasinghe said they would continue the strike action until this decision is reversed. “The Current Director General Mrs. Charles was working well and she had a plan for the Customs Department and things were running smoothly. There is no acceptable justification for her removal. For the past four years, the government has appointed five Director Generals to the Customs Department. As a department how can we reach our goals? This is a huge obstacle to the department as a whole. If the director is to be removed, then it should be justified. But in this instance, there is no acceptable justification.”

Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry had taken steps to appoint the Additional Secretary of the Finance Ministry, H. G. Sumanasinghe, as the Acting Director General of the Sri Lanka Customs.

“The Finance Ministry Secretary cannot be appointed to this post as it requires parliamentary approval. This is a department that earns around 3 billion rupees per day. For a department with such revenue, these sort of sudden disruptions cannot be accepted. The government seems to be changing these Director Generals in a deliberate attempt to destabilize the Customs Department for the benefit of a few of their businessmen friends to make the best from such instability,” charged Wickramasinmghe.

He added that the unions would hold a press briefing today (1st) to reveal to the media the true reasons behind the government’s decision to make such constant changes to the Customs Department.

The Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association (SASA) has also decided to support the trade union action by launching a token protest before the Ministry of Finance, yesterday (31).

 


 

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