Dec 08, 2016

‘Go home if you can’t sign’ – PM tells secretary Bopage Featured

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told parliamentary affairs and media ministry secretary Nimal Bopage to resign and go home if he could not sign the documents to implement a finance ministry decision to lease jeeps for 56 MPs.

The PM’s warning to the secretary came at yesterday (07) meeting of the economic affairs management committee.

Ravi Karunanayake too, has threatened that he would not allocate funding hereafter for the media ministry if the secretary did not sign the documents.

However, maintaining his opposition and alleging a lack of transparency, Bopage said he could not approve an agreement for 60 months, as the present parliament has a term of only 45 months.

It was after this that the PM told him to leave his position.

Subject minister Gayantha Karunatilake was presently, but remained silent.

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Bopage, a senior administrative officer who played a key role in his successful presidential election campaign, as the ministry secretary.

The president, in an observation, has instructed that the finance minister’s decision be reviewed again, as the leasing rate was too high.

Given below are the cabinet paper to obtain the jeeps on lease and the President’s letter to the cabinet:

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