PRES­I­DENT RE­VISES DEPUTY MIN­IS­TER’S PORT­FO­LIO

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - BUSINESS NEWS - BY YOHAN PER­ERA

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena has re­vised the Port­fo­lio of Deputy Min­is­ter of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Re­set­tle­ment and Hindu Re­li­gious Af­fairs Kadar Mas­tan fol­low­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tions made by the sub­ject Cab­i­net Min­is­ter D. M. Swami­nathan and sev­eral oth­ers.

Mr. Mas­tan there­fore would be the Deputy Min­is­ter of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Re­set­tle­ment while he will not hold the Hindu Af­fairs Port­fo­lio any longer.

Min­istry sources said an ap­point­ment of a Deputy Min­is­ter in charge of Hindu Af­fairs is not likely to be made.“when a State min­is­ter was ap­pointed in ad­di­tion to the Min­is­ter of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Re­set­tle­ment and Hindu Re­li­gious Af­fairs in 2015, he was not given the port­fo­lio of Hindu Af­fairs. M. L. A. M. His­bul­lah, who was the State Min­is­ter in 2015, did not hold the Port­fo­lio of Hindu Af­fairs. There­fore, it is likely that a sep­a­rate Deputy Min­is­ter in charge of Hindu Af­fairs will not be ap­pointed,” sources said.

Many in­clud­ing Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Mano Gane­san were crit­i­cal of the de­ci­sion by Pres­i­dent Sirisena to ap­point Mr. Mas­tan. Tamil Min­is­ters and MPS in­clud­ing Mr. Gane­san ques­tioned as to how a Mus­lim who be­lieves in the Is­lamic re­li­gion coulssd be a Deputy Min­is­ter in charge of Hindu Af­fairs.“i would have protested if a Hindu was ap­pointed as a Min­is­ter in charge of Is­lamic af­fairs,” Mr. Gane­san said.

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