Former President and incumbent Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (9), queried why Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara does not follow the recommendations, given by the National Police Commission, on promoting Police Officers.
“This Parliament is talking about revising emoluments and other allowances of the Chairpersons and Members of the nine independent Commissions.
But the IGP does not follow some of the recommendations given by the National Police Commission (NPC). If a higher rank official has the ability to decide not to follow recommendations of a Commission, what is the point of establishing them? What is the point of increasing their allowances, if officials do not follow their recommendations?” he questioned.
The former President made it clear that neither he nor the Joint Opposition (JO) have any problem with increasing the allowances of the members of nine independent Commissions.
“Do not get me wrong here. We have no problem with increasing their allowances. But our problem is that if officials like the IGP do not follow their recommendations, for an example, the NPC has recommended the promotion of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kilinochchi, Palitha Siriwardena but that recommendation has been delayed by IGP Jayasundara. If this is the situation, I wonder what is the point in having independent Commissions?”
Minister of Public Administration and Management, and Law and Order, Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that SSP Siriwardena has charge sheets levelled against him.
“According to the Establishment Code, a State worker cannot be promoted if that person has allegations levelled against him/her. That is why the promotion Rajapaksa mentioned has not been given thus far,” the Minister elaborated.
Rajapaksa responded, “The NPC recommends something after conducting a thorough investigation. It is not fair to delay promotions they recommended when someone makes a complaint against an officer after he/she was promoted. You should be more sensitive to these factors as the Government.”