‘FCID phobia paralyses some top govt. officials’

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY – Central Provincial Council Member M. Uvais (UPFA) joining the Provincial Council’s Budget debate last Friday (08) said that some public servants in high positions hesitated to take decisions for fear of being summoned before the FCID (Financial Crime Investigations Division).

"This is not a healthy situation," the provincial council member said at the meeting presided by Chairman L. D. Nimalasiri.

Uvais said Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake could proceed easily with his programmes since there was no Opposition as such in the Provincial Council.

He pointed out that some PC members were not interested in the affairs of the council. They were not even punctual, he added.

Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said he took decisions after seeking the views of all parties concerned and, therefore, there was no opposition to his programmes.

Nimal Piyatissa (UPFA) told the meeting that trained teachers provided a better service than the graduate teachers, who had to be trained to do their job properly. Some gradates could not even write a letter correctly, he added.

Shanthini Kongahage (UNP) said there had been some improvement in school education at present. Security personnel had to be appointed to protect school properties, she said.

M. Ibrahim (UNP) said improvement of education was not limited to urban areas and that outstanding students were produced by schools even in Galewela in the Matale District.

Deputy Chairman S. B. Ratnayake (UPFA) requested that teacher vacancies in schools in areas such as Walapane be filled without delay.

Gunatilake Rajapaksa (UPFA) said that sanitary facilities at Katugastota hospital should be improved

S. Shridharan (UPFA), Asoka Herath (UNP), S. Sathasivam (UNP) and several others addressed the Council.

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