The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today slammed the decision by President Maithripala Sirisena to appoint more Deputy Ministers.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the appointment of new Deputy Ministers is taking place as and when the Government feels like it.
He said that the JVP condemns the new appointments as it also takes place at a time when the Government has exceeded its 100 day mandate.
Silva noted that there are 82 members in the Government now and this includes 40 cabinet Ministers, 14 State Ministers and 28 Deputy Ministers.
He also said that if the appointments are being made to address a social need or to keep the Government in power then it should have been done at the very beginning and not when the Government has no mandate to remain in power.
“We feel this is being done with some other objective,” he said.
Silva also noted that the 19th Amendment which was proposed by the current Government and passed by Parliament and will become law when the new Government takes office, ensures that only 40 members are in the Government.
He said that the current Government should look at telling the people there is no need for a Government with more than 40 members by setting the example instead of proposing one thing and doing something else. (Colombo Gazette)