PM’s secy tells officials todeliver or depart

By Harischandra Gunaratna

Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake yesterday warned public officials including heads of state institutions that if they could deliver they would have to quit.

Addressing the launch of Elections Commission’s first ever strategic plan for 2017-2020 at Sri Lanka Foundation, Ekanayake said the key to the success of any government was delivery of what it promised. In reality many decisions and plans were made but they were not implemented.

"Sad to say, though many government institutions made elaborate plans but they are gathering dust."

Ekanayake hailed Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Dehspriya as one of the best strategists in the country at present today and he had shown his mettle during the last two major elections handling them in an impartial and exemplary manner.

A unique feature about the Election Commission’s strategic plan was participatory action where everyone in the institution was involved in the process and it was collective responsibility, Ekanayake said.

President’s Secretary P. B. Wijekoon stressed the need for bureaucrats, state sector institutions and independent commissions to work independently without political interference.

"The independence of the judiciary was of paramount importance," he said.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said amendments to election laws were necessary with the changing times and there was a greater need for a strategic plan.

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