Saman Ratnapriya

The Ministry of Public Administration on Friday (5) prepared the circular pertaining to the salary increase for the State sector, the Convener of the State, Private and Semi Government Trade Unions Collective Saman Ratnapriya said.

He said though the Treasury had already made their recommendations on the matter, it was customary for the Ministry of Public Administration and the Treasury to meet once more in the final round to reach the final status.

‘Earlier, we had conducted many discussions with the Prime Minister’s Secretary and the Ministry of Finance in this regard, he noted.

‘Having temporarily withdrawn trade union action including a strike, we are presently buying time till next week as we hope they will implement this immediately, he warned.

Member of the General Committee of the National Movement for Social Justice and Co-Convener of the Puravesi Balaya Ratnapriya observed that if legal action was not taken in view of ultimately punishing those who have engaged in fraud and corruption, the incumbent Government too would succumb to the old practices.

The country cannot carry on and progress forward unless otherwise action is taken against the corrupt, he opined.
“We will continue to push for legal action to be initiated with regard to investigations that have been concluded. Investigations are presently underway into cases involving former Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa, former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Priyath Bandu Wickrema, and the Sil Redhi case. Certain Ministers too are being investigated. These cases before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges, the Financial Crimes Investigation Division and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption must be expedited. Regarding the Avant Garde floating armoury controversy, neither the Government nor the Executive can wash their hands from responsibility and with regard to Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Damayanthi Jayaratne fleeing the country.

True she escaped, but they should have been more vigilant and monitored the situation. We will look into whether the report by the committee appointed recently to inquire into the kidney transplant racket has been handed over to the Ministry of Health. We are mindful of the Police investigation into the issue. We are also concerned with the appointment of the Attorney General,” he opined.