The civil society has planned to inform the Government of their displeasure and non-agreement with regard to the appointment of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran as the head of the Government’s five-year plan to generate one million jobs.
The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) and the Puravesi Balaya highlighted that the move was akin to disregarding the public’s opinion.

It has been reported that Mahendran has been given the top post with regard to playing a major role in implementing the Government’s five-year development programme to provide one million employment opportunities. He is reported to be heading the plan and programme.

Advisor to the Anti-Corruption Front, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said that Mahendran had been appointed as the head of the said five-year development plan.

We do not know the terms yet, he noted.

Member of the General Committee of the NMSJ and Co-Convener of the Puravesi Balaya, Saman Ratnapriya added that they were not averse to Mahendran, whom they deemed to be an educated individual, being appointed as a member of a committee of the plan-cum-programme.

“During Mahendran’s tenure as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), there were issues. We demanded that he be removed and not be reappointed. This new appointment poses a problem. During his time at the helm of the CBSL, the country did not gain any special benefit from the CBSL. He should be removed from being the head of this plan or programme or committee and be appointed as a committee member instead,” he opined.

Convener of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)’s Voice Against Corruption, Wasantha Samarasinghe was not available for a comment.