He made this observation yesterday in response to a request made by Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana demanding additional Police security for Parliamentarians.
MP Pathirana made the request during the round of questions for oral answers.
“We would not provide Police Officers to MPs to carry their files and bags,” State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.
State Minister Rajapaksa queried as to why the Parliamentarians need additional security if they have the trust of the people. He added that two Police officers have been deployed for each Parliamentarian.
He added there are only 85,000 Police personnel in the Police Service. If the Parliamentarians need more Police security, more Police personnel will have to be recruited to the service.
He added that four Police officers were assigned for the security of the Parliamentarians during the 88/89 insurrection period and another two were added for each MP when LTTE terrorist activities had intensified. However, now the number of Police Officers have been reduced to two from four.
Buddhika Pathirana said that some of the Parliamentarians have voiced their opinions against certain drug kingpins. He said at a time when threats had been levelled against the President and the Defence Secretary by suspects in the Prison, the lives of those Parliamentarians who speak against the drug kingpins are threatened. He asked if more security could be increased.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that he would look into the matter. SJB Parliamentarins S.M. Marikkar and Thushara Indunil also supported the proposal made by MP Buddhika Pathirana.
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