State officials cannot be independent says Home Minister

Vajira AbeywardenaMinister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena says State officials cannot be independent and must follow Government policy.

Speaking at an event today, the Minister said that when the former Government was in office State officers had to follow the ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’ policy.

He said that if any State officer failed to follow the line of the ‘Mahinda Chinthanaya’ policy when Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President then that individual was not suitable to be in State service.

Similarly he noted that now there is a new Executive President and it is this President who appoints Secretaries to Ministries and these Secretaries must follow State policy.

The Minister said that if anyone feels this is politicisation that person is correct because that is exactly what it is.

“Some people talk about the need to be independent. That is good. But in the world no one is independent,” he said.

Abeywardena told State officers it is their duty to follow the policy of the current Government and if anyone is not willing to do so then they must resign. (Colombo Gazette)

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