Is it necessary to appoint 37 State Ministers?

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Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader MP Udaya Gammanpila said appointing 37 State Ministers, at a critical juncture like this, can exacerbate Sri Lanka’s economic crisis.

He said, printing money to cover the budget deficit is a major cause of current inflation.

This is why international money lending institutions have advised the Government to reduce public expenditure through tactics such as subsidy cuts and reducing the number of State employees, he added.

At a press conference yesterday (12), Gammanpila said that appointing Ministers and State Ministers will increase the cost to the government even more. “How do other countries see the increase of government expenditure? The Government recently named 37 new State Ministers. These international institutions will think that if Sri Lankan Government does not want to overcome the economic crisis, why they should we assist the country,” he said.

In addition, he highlighted that some may argue that the President can appoint up to 40 State Ministers, rather than 37.

“It is true that the Constitution allows for the appointment of 40 State Ministers. But, in this crisis, is it necessary to appoint 37 State Ministers? Nowadays, the cost of living has increased threefold. How justified is it to allow Ministers and MPs to enjoy themselves while claiming that the future is very difficult for the people?” he asked.

BY Thameenah Razeek