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Govt has ensured professional honour of Grama Niladhari Officers: Vajira Abeywardena responds to Mahinda

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Public Administration and Disaster Management Minister Vajira Abeywardena has stated that the government has created an environment conducive to providing an efficient service while protecting the professional honour of the Grama Niladhari Officers.

He made this observation responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa under standing orders 27/2 in Parliament.

Minister Vajira said that the protest launched on the Parliament road on March 5 is a tragedy for the Grama Niladhari profession. Of 14,000 Grama Niladharies in the country, only 2,000 had participated in the protest. Grama Niladhari officers were used for various projects to collect funds and others during the previous regime. This could be stopped through a circular.

During his address, Minister Vajira said:

“We held discussions with nine Grama Niladhari associations on March 5. Eight associations handed over their demands in writing. However, one group had staged this protest. Only 2,651 of them had applied for leave on that day. Since 1994, the Grama Seva constitution was inactive for 25 years. The collection of funds which commenced during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tenure can be stopped even today.

We increased the salaries of the Grama Seva Officers from 13,990 to 28,940 after we were elected on January 8, 2015. We have allocated Rs. 4 billion to construct Government Agent offices in Ratnapura, Batticaloa, Matale and Polonnaruwa and the work is underway now.

We have completed 180 of the proposed 332 Divisional Secretariat offices and we will construct 365 Divisional Secretariat offices. We have completed 3,000 of the proposed 14,022 official Grama Niladhari offices. By constructing one office to house four government officers in the villages, Grama Sevaka, Govi Niladhari, Samurdhi Niladhari and Development officer, they would be connected with other relevant government institutions online.”

 

 

 

 

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