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The tragedy at the garbage dump in Meetotamulla has pushed the government to expedite its restructuring process.

The tragedy had exposed certain weaknesses and drawbacks within the government which had prompted government high rankers to revamp its structure.

Political analysts said that the Meetotamulla catastrophe had revealed instances and situations that had impacted negatively on the government’s efficiencies.

President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday (20) speaking to the heads of media institutions made it clear that he was cognizent of the gaps in the governance and administrative process and the fact that appropriate remedial action was called for.

He mentioned of several instances where his instructions were watered down as it was passé further down the hierarchy to the point where they were not implemented.
President Sirisena also said that there would be an overhaul within the government and its institutions in order to ensure efficiency.

The President however was non-committal on the manner in which the revamping process would be carried out.

The President’s remarks come in the wake of continuous speculations of an impending Cabinet reshuffle. It was speculated that changes were to be made within the next two weeks.

It has to be noted that the residents of Meetotamulla had been protesting over the issue of garbage dumping for years.

The government too had proposed several programmes including converting waste to energy. However, these programmes hit a roadblock owing to several reasons.

President Sirisena stated the importance of processing the garbage in order to protect the environment, adding that the public too needed to be educated on the new technologies that were implemented worldwide to address the garbage issue.