Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa commending the services discharged by the public employees said today that without their service it would not have been possible to strengthen democracy or to restore normalcy in a country that was terrorized for three decades and devastated by a tsunami.
Participating in the golden jubilee ceremony of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service at the BMICH in Colombo Monday, the President emphasized that all the circulars, establishment codes or financial regulations were meant solely to serve the people and it is the responsibility of the public servants to transform all facilities to serve the people.
"There is nothing above the people. Circulars, Establishment Codes and Financial Regulations are below the people. These should prevail to serve the people," the President said.
The President underscored that the Government has given the opportunity for every public employee to serve independently. The government is prepared to defend at every occasion the public servants who take correct resounding measures on behalf of the general public, he added.
The President noted that the government annually spends Rs. 300 billion to pay salaries of the public servants and another Rs.100 billion to pay the pensions.
While noting that Mahinda Chintana policy is a practical guide for the wellbeing of the general public and not a theoretical concept, the President said the government workers at all times should give priority to practical aspects rather than to theoretical procedures and they should work to satisfy the public.
The President also recognized the services of former secretaries and P.B. Abeykoon, the current Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs.
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne also addressed the gathering. The top most public servant, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and other senior officials also participated in the event.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)