by Saman Indrajith
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had decided to bring under his direct supervision the ministries and statutory boards which had failed to achieve their targets during its first two quarters, sources close to the Prime Minister’s office said yesterday.
The Premier had taken that decision following a large number of complaints that officials of those ministries and statutory boards were Rajapaksa loyalists who would not support the initiatives of the incumbent administration, according to sources.
A senior minister told The Island the Foreign Ministry was full of Rajapaksa loyalists and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had brought it under his direct supervision during the 100-day programme.
Sources close to the PM’s office pointed out that the Prime Minister had also intervened in the functions of the Ministry of Education and taken some functions under his direct supervision. He effected a series of transfers of a large number of principals who remained in their positions in spite of charges against them because they had the blessings of the previous regime. The Prime Minister would review all national level functions of the Ministry of Education following his visit to China, the sources said.