TNA, Govt at log­ger­heads over Batti' Dist. Sec. ap­point­ment

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - By Chris Ka­mal­en­dran

A dis­pute has arisen be­tween the Tamil Na­tional Al­liance (TNA) and the Govt over the nom­i­nees for the post of Bat­ticaloa District Sec­re­tary (DS) which fell va­cant, fol­low­ing for­mer DS P.S.M. Charles ap­point­ment as Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Sri Lanka Cus­toms.

The TNA nom­i­nated three Sri Lanka Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (SLAS) Class I Of­fi­cers from three prom­i­nent Govt Min­istries to be ap­pointed as the new DS. How­ever, the Govt is try­ing to pro­mote an­other SLAS Of­fi­cer from the Eastern Provin­cial Coun­cil, whose term has now lapsed.

Bat­ticaloa District TNA MP G. Sri­ne­shan and Diga­madulla District MP A. Kodeeswaran rec­om­mended the three TNA nom­i­nees to the Home Af­fairs Min­istry Sec­re­tary Neil de Al­wis. In­ter­views were held last week to se­lect a new DS for the District. Two ad­di­tional SLAS Of­fi­cers in­clud­ing the Govt’s nomi- nee were in­ter­viewed. How­ever, none of them were se­lected.

The po­si­tion has been va­cant since Sept.29, while Mrs Charles as­sumed du­ties as the new DG of Cus­toms on Oct.2.

Cur­rently, the Govt has ap­pointed Trin­co­ma­lee DS N.A.A. Push­paku­mara as act­ing DS for Bat­ticaloa.

Mean­while, sev­eral at­tempts by the Sun­day Times to con­tact Home Af­fairs Min­istry Sec­re­tary Neil de Al­wis proved un­suc­cess­ful.

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