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Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts,: politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption – President Maithripala Srisena

Colombo, 05 September, (Asiantribune.com):

President said as we rightly consider that Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts, the politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption.

The President warned that no matter how secretively politicians and state officials engaged in corruption or irregularities, they do not remain a secret as the public eventually finds out.

Quoting Buddha that ‘happiness is the greatest wealth’, the President said some MPs may not be happy about the ministries they got, and those MPs who did not get portfolios also may not be happy.

However there will be important responsibilities for them when the government appoints some MPs as heads of District Development Committees, Pradesheeya Development Committees and Parliamentary Working Committees, he said.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet of Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat today (Sep. 04), he said he was confident that the newly appointed ministers have the intelligence, vision, capacity, commitment and experience to face challenges and work as a team to take the country forward to the satisfaction of the people.

President Maithripala Sirisena said that a “common committee” will be appointed by himself and the Prime Minister committee to ensure that suitable individuals are appointed to government institutions, and requested the ministers to send proposals to that committee for consideration.

Sirisena stated that when the 100-day government was established it did not engage in a common process for appointing Chairmen and director boards for state corporations, statutory boards and institutions and that the ministers were allowed to carry out those affairs.

“However, the Prime Minister and I will appoint a general committee and we expect to select suitable and qualified individuals for appointments as Chairmen and to the director boards of state institutions, from next week,” he said.

Addressing the new ministers, he also said that the appointing of individuals to head the institutions which come under respective ministries, will be made based on the recommendations of the said general committee.

He stated that the Ministers can send their requests to the committee, which will extensively discuss the candidates and decide on the most suitable persons for those institutions with consent of the ministers.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the members of the new cabinet has a special responsibility as they belong to different political parties but working in unison to take the country forward in the backdrop of a new political culture.
The President stated that under the agreement reached between the UNP and the SLFP, various opportunities will be created for the MPs of those respective parties to be able to serve the public and not only through ministerial portfolios.

He stated that the two parties have discussed and decided to select MPs for the Chairmanships of District Development Councils, Regional Coordinating Committees, new working committees to be established in Parliament and the affiliated institutions.

“We have reached an agreement for 2 years in order to work as one group, to as one government when we work within the Cabinet.”

“Although we have joined together as political parties, we all realize that we are one group and one government within the agreement we have created,” he said.

President said as we rightly consider that Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts, the politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption.

The President added that all the MPs will be provided with decentralized budget allocations for development work undertaken by them.

- Asian Tribune -

Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts,:  politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption – President Maithripala Srisena
Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts,:  politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption – President Maithripala Srisena
Buddha did not even have sinful thoughts,:  politicians must not only refrain from corruption, but also refrain from even thought of corruption – President Maithripala Srisena
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