State Ministers dissatisfied with govt., demand solutions within within two months



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State Minister Range Bandara has given an ultimatum to the government following the resignation of State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Piyankara Jayaratne.


Skills Development and Vocational Training State Minister Bandara (UNP) on behalf of his colleagues said that they, too, were unhappy with the government.


Jayaratne said that he had given up the portfolio as he couldn’t bear the humiliation caused by some UNP members.


State Minister Range Bandara, MP, has alleged that remedial action hadn’t been taken in spite of State Ministers making representations to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on several occasions as they had not been given responsibilities.


An irate State Minister Bandara said that there was no point in retaining portfolios unless they were assigned specific subjects. Pointing out that the change of government had taken place almost two years back, the Puttalam District MP said the government was yet to rectify the situation.


MP Bandara said that they hoped the President and the Premier would address their concerns without further delay. The UNPer has proposed that money be allocated separately through the budget for State Ministers.


MP Bandara regretted that State Ministers had been compelled to struggle to secure an opportunity to work for the people. The UNPer said that the failure on the part of the leaders to resolve their problems wasn’t good for the government.


The State Minister said that unless their grievances were addressed before end of February, they would have no option but to take a decision. (SF)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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