President slams official for attending meeting unprepared

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa slammed a Government official who attended a meeting today unprepared.

The President had questioned the official on available fertilizer stocks. However the official did not have the information with him.

The President lambasted the official for attending the meeting unprepared and told him to step out and get the information.

The meeting was held at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the cultivation of the Maha Season and the supply of organic fertilizer.

At the meeting President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asserted that there was no change in the Government’s agriculture policy.

He said the Government policy was for only for a green agriculture that focuses on the sole use of organic fertilizers.

President Rajapaksa said that the Government will only distribute organic fertilizer and provide subsidies for organic farming.

The President inquired from officials at the district level about the cultivation of paddy and other crops in all parts of the country.

The heavy rains that prevailed have reduced the yield of many crops including vegetables. Moreover, the delay in the distribution of organic manure affected the cultivation activities during the Maha Season.

The President pointed out that the reason behind farmers organizing protests and delaying cultivation was that they have not been properly educated.

The President expressed his displeasure to the officials for not accurately educating the farmers.

The President emphasized that the officials should work to find answers on behalf of the agitating farmers in accordance with the green agriculture policy. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This is a simple information, any clerk at the Ministry could have obtained from the store keeper of the CCC over the phone before the meeting. You don’t need highly paid chairman whose area of responsibility covers more important matters concerning CCC. Don’t you see this incident is meant to showcase one man seeking cheap popularity? How many clips have you seen of proceedings of such high level meetings? Who leaked it to the press? Don’t under-estimate our responsible bureaucrats, who carried their jobs as if their life depend on it. The whole thing changed after 1970, when LSSP targeted them as Niladariwadaya, Even the driver and security of MPs could humiliate Govt. servants under the name of Workers’ Committee and Janatha Comittee. Sadly it still goes on, including by men like Mervin Silva, who tied a person to a tree.


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