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SJB deplores state ministerships during crisis

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) yesterday rejected the Government’s decision of appointing another State Minister to the already appointed 37 State Ministers and said it is unnecessary to spend colossal sum when people in the country are facing economic hardships due to the escalating prices of essential commodity items.

SJB National Organizer Tissa Attanayaka said although decision makers in the country are under the impression that the country is facing a severe economic crisis they ignored everything and appointed such massive 38 State Ministers.

He said although decision makers know that the Government could be run with at least 20 Cabinet ministers they purposely appointed such a large number of state ministers with the sole intention of protecting their positions to enjoy with higher salaries and other perks.

Quoting UNICEF reports on the pathetic living conditions of Sri Lankan children Attanayaka said over six million children in this country are suffering from malnutrition due to non- availability of proper nutritious food.

He said even our own specialist doctors in the calibre of paediatrician Dr.Deepal Perera says that a large number of children are suffering from malnutrition due to lack of nutritious foods and escalating prices of such foods this situation will affect to our children in future.

Attanayaka said at this juncture when the country’s economic crisis has badly gone up it is sad to say the Government is increasing additional state ministers without using that colossal sum of money to reduce the prices of essential items including rice, kerosene oil , fuel, wheat flour and milk powder.

“Although the Government says that the newly appointed state ministers do not get their perks, everybody knows that these state ministers are entitled to additional official vehicles, fuel and additional staff ,” he said.

He said the Government should have thought it before appointing these state ministers at this juncture.

He said the Government should know that over 70 per cent people in the country are currently leading a very miserable life due to the escalating prices of essentialcommodity items.

 


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