Minister of Mass Media Dullas Alahapperuma says it is the view of a majority that state sector employees and the country’s politicians are the biggest burden on the public.
Addressing a function with the attendance of state employees, the Minister said all state sector employees and politicians must work hard to change this public perception.
The Minister said 7% of the public are part of the state sector which makes up a sizeable portion.
He added close to 9,000 public representatives have also been appointed to local authorities leading to Parliament.
Minister Alahapperuma said it is important to remain honest and responsible for one’s actions, when operating within the state sector.
He claimed public representatives must be efficient when utilising public funds, and respect public property.
Minister Alahapperuma said it is a major concern that Sri Lankans take time to adapt to change.
He said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed him to make renewable energy sources the heart of the country’s power generation sector.
The Minister raised concerns as to why authorities were looking at diesel powered alternatives when such resources exist in Sri Lanka.
Minister Alahapperuma highlighted the importance of state employees and public representatives taking correct policy decisions.