Local News Update: During the tenure of the present government, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed, the inefficiency in the state sector that has generated public discontent with each previous government will come to an end.
He emphasized the importance of quality and accountability in any state entity with a direct connection to the day-to-day public life.
“In order to improve public service, obsolete laws and legislation should be changed immediately. The method of providing state-owned services should be easy and should be done in a manner that does not place an unnecessary burden on the public, said the President during a discussion with the officials of the Ministry of Public Transport held today at the Presidential Secretariat (31).
It is the responsibility of the entire state sector to restore public faith and confidence in their work. Without hesitation, open discussions and discussions of issues are important in this process. As the public service is the country’s backbone, the president said a committee of experts was named to recruit competent and trained professionals to the top positions in state institutions.
It is necessary to eliminate all anomalies in the public service. President said he directed the intelligence services and the Criminal Investigation Department to investigate these irregularities and apprehend those responsibly.
If a public servant is found guilty of any wrongdoing, he will be disciplined irrespective of his rank and the right to hold another position in a government institution will be revoked, said the president.
Anyone who takes or offers bribes will be treated accordingly.
Foreign investors ‘ trust as well as the country’s good image depends on the status of our government service.
Only by improving the program can the benefits provided to public servants be increased. Government employees ‘ wages are paid on the basis of earnings from other sectors in the country. The public servants therefore have an incontrovertible duty to the country.
Also highlighted during the discussion was the need for networking data systems, the introduction of new technologies and sound communication among organizations.
Also reviewed was the status of activities at the Werahera Department of Motor Traffic office following the President’s recent visit.
The President’s attention was drawn to the method of medical examination involving granting driving licenses. President explaining the complex nature of the procedure, he said that just an eye test would be enough to grant a driving license for light vehicles. It was also explored the possibility of performing these experiments in hospitals. The President instructed only the heavy vehicle driving licenses to perform a full medical review.
President ordered officials to commit to providing the best service to the public when addressing existing issues within a short period of time.
The discussion was attended by Ministers Mahinda Amarweera, Dilum Amunugama, President Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Major Gen. Kamal Gunarathne and several other officials.