President Maithripala Sirisena advised the top public servants to set an example to restore the ruined image of the Public Service that was heavily eroded in recent years.
After handing over letters of appointment to new Secretaries to Ministries at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (January 19), President Sirisena said it is the responsibility of the new secretaries to ensure the pledge of good governance of the new administration is implemented in full.
Public service is a service to serve the people, and it is your duty to ensure that the people visiting the government offices receive a proper hearing and a speedy service, he told the secretaries. If the public is not satisfied and people will have to go to government offices several times to get their work done, it is not a public service. It is your responsibility to ensure that this would not happen in your ministries, he said.
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the imperative need to reduce the unnecessary public expenditure and waste. “The newspapers are full of advertisements by different ministries. That should be stopped. It is not necessary to spend public funds to promote personalities. Furthermore, I believe that over exposure is bad for a good image. Over promotion of a valuable product will result in decline of its value,” he said.
The President instructed the top public servants to deal with all provincial councils equability and with cordiality. Ensure that the fruits of development are equally distributed to all nine provinces, he said.
He urged the secretaries to take effective steps to end corrupt practices and malpractices in the Public Sector and asked them to use their knowledge and experience to serve the government and the people.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Presidential Secretary P B Abeykoon also participated in the ceremony.