Har­sha goes emo­tional on erad­i­cat­ing cor­rup­tion

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - BUSINESS NEWS -

Sri Lanka is poor due to a wide­spread cul­ture of cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to Eco­nomic Af­fairs Deputy Min­is­ter Dr. Har­sha de Silva.

De­liv­er­ing an emo­tional speech, which now has be­come his trade­mark, the economist-turned-politi­cian said most in so­ci­ety, from the low­est rungs to the top, jus­tify cor­rup­tion, whether it is for payables or for hav­ing plans passed.

“When I ask my friends, why do you do that? They say ‘It takes a lot of time Har­sha, I have a job, I’m a lawyer, I’m a doc­tor, I’m an en­gi­neer, I can’t waste time; I need to pay’. So it’s jus­ti­fied. So from the bot­tom, to the top, if it is jus­ti­fied, how can we go around and say ‘How are we go­ing to erad­i­cate this coun­try of cor­rup­tion?’” Dr. de Silva ques­tioned, chal­leng­ing those ask­ing for cor­rup­tion to be erad­i­cated.

He said that hav­ing a low gov­ern­ment salary is not an ex­cuse to com­pro­mise on morals and that no one should con­done cor­rup­tion, since small cor­rup­tion be­comes big cor­rup­tion.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, Na­tional Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Chair­man Di­nesh Weer­akkody said, “Har­sha you’re my friend, but you need to be more re­al­is­tic.”

He went on to say that politi­cians and pub­lic of­fi­cials should be well qual­i­fied and well paid.

Mean­while, State Min­is­ter Se­nas­inghe said that politi­cians should be held re­spon­si­ble and work to cre­ate short pro­cesses, which would leave less of a space for cor­rup­tion.

Har­sha goes

He added that it would not be pos­si­ble to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion but that the gov­ern­ment can work to­wards min­i­miz­ing it.

Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional early this year ranked Sri Lanka as one of the most cor­rupt coun­tries, two years af­ter the cur­rent gov­ern­ment came into power promis­ing to erad­i­cate cor­rup­tion and set up good gov­er­nance and trans­parency.

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