For international aid:
‘We won’t bow down’
President Mahinda Rajapaksa vouched that his Government would not
yield or be subjected to any conditionality to obtain monetary
assistance from international agencies.
Addressing a ceremony to present appointment letters to the new
Accountants of the State sector at the Presidential Secretariat
yesterday, the President said that some parties, without aligning with
the Government to fight and resolve the crisis, are striving to obtain
They are seeking to mislead the nation, utilising all means at their
disposal and deprive the country of international aid. “We are
absolutely clear. We will not pawn or sell our motherland to obtain any
monetary aid from the IMF or any other international agency. Neither
will we bow down to any conditions or transform our land to a colony.
We will nevertheless implement the people’s franchise and triumph
over all the daunting challenges confronting us,” President Rajapaksa
He pointed out that despite the global economic meltdown and the
related crises of mass unemployment and the like, in the developed
countries, Sri Lanka will remain resilient, with a vibrant economy. It
has the capability of counteracting all challenges and emerge as a
victorious and prosperous nation.
“While being engaged in humanitarian operations, we have
simultaneously confronted the four crises of terrorism, food security,
oil and finance, which arose together at one given period. No other
regime experienced such profound challenges. We perceived them with
foresight and pro-actively confronted them,” he added.
He noted that his Government has resuscitated and re-juvenated an
ailing and stagnant Government service of the past, by recruiting new
staff and consolidating its workforce.
The country required skilled, committed and patriotic Government
officers for sustained development. They should refrain from adhering
too much to the diverse laws and regulations of the establishment codes
etc. Instead, they should strive to work with accepted norms and a
framework, opting for higher efficiency and productivity.
“Do not transform these laws and regulations, into fetters, which may
deter progress. Also do not use them as tools to shun away from your
assigned duties. You are entitled to have your own political perceptions
and may not agree with the Mahinda Chintanaya.
“Nevertheless, you must be apolitical, dedicated, committed and
patriotic in your service to the Government and your motherland,”
President Rajapaksa reiterated.”
President Rajapaksa also reminded them about the gallant war heroes
who have sacrificed their lives and limb to save our motherland and
urged those who agitate for higher wages, to follow the example of the
war heroes and refrain from such unwanted agitation, for the betterment
of the nation.
“Understand the complexity of your profession and the dignity of the
highly-esteemed Government sector. ”
“Work with diligence, commitment and patriotism for your motherland,”
President Rajapaksa told the newly appointed accountants.