Kaduwela local officials protest transfer of divisional secretary

Kaduwela local officials protest transfer of divisional secretary

Written by Staff Writer

02 Jan, 2014 | 11:32 pm

A protest was held in Malambe charging that the divisional secretary of Kaduwela has been transferred in contravention to policies of the government.

The protest was held Thursday morning opposite the Kaduwela divisional secretariat .

Members of the divisional secretariat, grama seva officers, samurdhi officers, members of the Kaduwela municipal council and residents took part in the protest.

The protestors charged that the divisional secretary had been transferred based on the needs of a minister. The group engaged in a protest march upto the Malambe bus stand.

Speaking at the protest, Kaduwela Mayor MC , G.S. Buddadhasa said, “we express our protest against the transfer of government servants by arrogant politicians who came to Kaduwela from elsewhere. This was done by Wimal Weerawansa because she failed to issue an invitation with his name on it.”

Samurdhi Development officer of Kaduwela Deamon Rathnathilaka said, “She had three or four more years before she was scheduled to be transferred. We call on the officials to allow her to carry on with her work in this position.”

Opposition Leader of Kaduwela MC Priyantha Pathberiya said, “we came here devoid of party differences. An economic assassin was once again given the opportunity to handle the economy of the country. Deal with him first before taking steps to replace a divisional secretary who has not committed any wrong.”

Meanwhile, Minister Wimal Weerawansa said, “As the chairman of the Kaduwela district development committee, I have the right and I have a duty to inform the relevant authorities as to which public servants are suitable and which public servants are unsuitable. We praise some while we report about the shortcomings of some. Based on this, the authorities take their decision. We don’t have any power to interfere with that. The provincial council polls are coming up. Everyone knows that people put their sons to contest in these elections. These sons stage various events to capture the attention of the public. This is merely one of them.”

A letter signed by the additional secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs was sent to Kaduwela divisional secretary M.S.P. Suriyaperuma on December 30.

The letter notes that she has been assigned to the Maharagama divisional secretariat with immediate effect.

Janasiri Dadallege, a former additional secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, replied, “There is no political pressure. The decisions are being reached by the ministry. Divisional secretaries need to maintain a balance between the people and the politicians. We enforce transfers in places where this cannot be achieved. We need to inform the public that this decision was taken based on a service need following consultations with the district secretariat.”

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