Champika warns cabinet of another 88′ – 89′ period

Cabinet Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka has warned that the country may face a repeat of the 1988 – 1989 period.

He has told a Government group meeting that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) must be abolished.

Ranawaka told the Government at the meeting that if SAITM is not abolished violence may erupt in the country like what was seen during the 1988 – 1989 period, sources said.

Sources said that Ranawaka has also proposed that a separate paying system be introduced for government universities.

He said this will attract students like those who had joined SAITM expecting better education.

However State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe had said that having a separate paid system will result in an overflow of medical students who will eventually not have jobs.

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne however noted that Sri Lanka needs more doctors as for every 100,000 patients there are only 65 doctors.

Senaratne said that the ratio must increase to at least 200 doctors for every 100,000 patients.

At the discussion the President had also made inquiries about the ongoing case on SAITM.

Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera told the President he was confident the outcome of the case will be positive.

However he also noted that the Government must have a clear stand on the SAITM issue and not be divided.

The Ministers at the group meeting agreed that the Government must speak with one voice on the matter.  (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Ours national GDP cannot afford having such numbers doctors suggest by Champika, Rajith ,Ajith and Serasinghe is not practical of UNP related policies are concern.
    The UNP is party working of 1988/89/90 politics of uproots youth form our soil . Well done that Ranil W… has not change such set of policies initiated and enrich by his Uncle-Sam of JRJ, R.Premapala and Ranil Wicks of Christen UNP’s policies of current govt.
    Indeed UNP do not want more doctors for poor people of island
    Their aim is want eliminated who want become doctors in any Universities. Or earn huge amount of money from without any standard of Medical degree for Rich and have businessmen children in social statues rule governances of Island by UNP for ever.

    This proposed SATIM has creating new set of classes of rich in Medical Patricians by passing Medical Standard of world accepts values has been that override world norms of Medial field.
    The UNP policy makes vision and mission of 21st century want go to backward policies of old Colonialism few become RICH by hook or crook!

  2. The UK has private medical colleges which were meant for foreigners but eventually they were oversubscribed by locals. Yet there aren’t enough doctors.
    If there is a standard system of education then there need not be too much of political and union action.
    Just on with less governance and clear nation of the plague.

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