A seminar and a conference under the theme “For whom is the state service?” was held at the auditorium of Colombo Museum on the 1st organized by “State employees for people’s service”
Former Auditor General Sarath Chandrasiri Mayadunne, former Ministry Secretary Attorney-at-Law A.P.A. Gunasekera, former Ministry Secretary Ashoka Peiris, former Ministry Secretary Leelarathna, Mr. A.D.S. Gunawardene, former Commissioner of Agrarian Service D. Wanninayaka, former Ministry Secretary Tissa Warnasuriya and former District Secretary for Vavuniya Pillai Nadarasa participated in the seminar and the conference.
A lengthy discussion was held on the decline of the state service at present and the question was asked whether state service is a genuine service for the masses who have no voice in the administrative process.
It was emphasized that 17th amendment to the Constitution allowed state employees to work with dignity and straightforwardly but the state employees’ back was made to bend with the 18th amendment.
It was stated that despite there is an environment to work with a straight back through the 19th amendment, state employees who have been used to bend their backs for a long time continue to bend their backs. The speakers explained, through their experiences, how state employees could carry out a genuine service for the people without being subdued by politics.
Their next seminar and conference will be held in Kurunegala and invited all state employees in the area to participate.
The seminar was addressed by former Auditor General Sarath Chandrasiri Mayadunne, former Ministry Secretary Attorney-at-Law A.P.A. Gunasekera and former Ministry Secretary Ashoka Peiris.