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* Sri Lanka Marxist party urges people to protect officials who oppose corruption
Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 12:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says the public should protect the government officials who cannot be suppressed by pressure from politicians.

"There are a large number of state officials who cannot be subdued by political interference. The people have a responsibility to protect such officials," the Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayake said.

He made this observation speaking at the Colombo District Summit of 'Dhiriya Puravesi' Associations held at Maharagama on Sunday.

The summit was held as a part of the series of summits being held by the JVP throughout the island under the theme "Gamata Diriyak - Ratata Balayak" (Boost for the Village & Power for the Country).

Speaking further JVP leader highlighted several instances of government officials treated unfairly when they refused to heed the orders from higher-ups.

MP Dissanayake said the accountant of the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Wasantha Perera who refused to sign a check for more than the valued amount to rent a new office building was transferred. Similarly, an additional secretary, who refused to sign a monthly rent check for a building of the Ministry of Agriculture that had kept closed for 8 months, was also transferred.

"We know many of these state officials have to confront interferences from government politicians. There are many state officials who do not cow down to this pressure. The people have a responsibility and should strive hard to protect and defend such officials," MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said.


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