Gamini Senarath’s circular messes up Ranil’s govt. too! (Video)
A recent notice by President's Secretary - Gamini Senarath to all ministry secretaries asking them not to change Director Boards and heads of state institutions sans the permission of the Presidential Secretariat, has come under the criticism of cabinet ministers.
The circular would mean that the new ministers would have to continue working with state institution heads and director boards that were appointed before Ranil Wickremesinghe became PM and the ministers are of the view this would be detrimental and would push the country into an even worse situation.
The special circular was issued last Thursday and in order to change above mentioned positions, prior permission of the Presidential Secretariat is required.
However several ministers such as Keheliya Rambukwella, Harin Fernando, Manusha Nanayakkara and Bandula Gunawardena had already appointed fresh director boards.
The ministers say that this is due to an agreement reached during the discussions between the President and the PM to allow the ministers to appoint state institution heads and director boards at the discretion of the subject minister.
Reserves down from 7 billion to 50 million
When Gotabaya Rajapaksa took over the reins of the country as President from Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe, the treasury had over USD 07 billion while other financial institutions including banks had over USD 2.5, CBSL sources say.
However, an investigation done by the PM Ranil Wickremesinghe soon after taking up duties as PM, had revealed that the coffers only had USD 50 million left for all purposes, including to import essentials such as food, and fuel.
Eleven months ago, just after Basil Rajapaksa took up office as Finance Minister, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' unveiled a special video series named 'AK-47' about a possible economic crisis if the country was mismanaged. The videos are as follows :