1 November, 2020

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As GMOA Strikes, Ranil Says No Special Privileges For Only One Group

In the backdrop of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) launching a strike and demanding the government to give their children the best and the most popular schools, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that his government does not recognize certain individuals to be more privileged or more important than the others.

ranilIn a post on his official Facebook page, Wickremesinghe said, “We do not recognize individuals to be more privileged than others, nor do we recognize a certain career path to be more important than another.”

He however noted that priority was always towards the citizens of Sri Lanka and therefore every effort will be taken to provide the best service in an effort to address and resolve problems faces in professions and to achieve equal rights and opportunities in every career path.

He said, “But what we do recognize is that our priority is towards the citizens of this nation, and we will continue to strive towards the provision of the best service so as to address and resolve problems faced in professions, and to achieve equal rights and opportunities in every career path.”

Meanwhile the Kaduwela Magistrate Court today ordered all doctors who were forcibly occupying the Ministry of Education to vacate the premises immediately. The doctors who went to the ministry yesterday to meet the minister had spent the night at the ministry refusing to leave until the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam agreed to provide top schools for their children. The minister had refused to meet the doctors.

According to a statement from the Education Ministry, the GMOA has demanded the education ministry to provide admission of their children to 12 popular schools in the country including Royal College, Ananda College, Visaka Vidyalaya, Dharmaraja College, Kingswood College, Mahamaya Vidyalaya, Kandy High School and Maliyadewa College.

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    WELL SAID PM

    These GMOA Doctors are morons. How dare they demand their children be admitted to special Govt schools. What about service personnel, what about the teachers, or even a humble low level Govt servant working in difficult areas. Should their children not be given a priority.

    Lets get Doctors from India and sack all these selfish GMOA lot

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      [WELL SAID PM ]
      Dis same sentiment applied to Arajuna Mahendran & his son in law Aloysius?

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      Who do they think they are????Hats off to PM.Idiots.Educated fools striking for car permits, now want best schools for their children.What about engineers, accountants, officers of forces etc,etc.

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      Statement by Ranil that no privileges for only one group is welcome. He should implement this principle in every aspect in Srilanka. In Srialnka Buddhist have more privilege than others which is guaranteed by the constitution. Recently UNP sessions endorsed it to continue. Can non Buddhists build their places of worship wherever they want. Sinhalese are more privileged than Tamils in use of language, securing places in higher education and public service etc. Can Tamils change the name of a village from Sinhala to Tamil. Can a Tamil officer write to a Sinhala person in Tamil without being punished.

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    ”Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that his government does not recognize certain individuals to be more privileged or more important than the others”

    Hon. Prime Minister, Are you sure about your statement. If that is the case, why do some enjoy tax free salaries & duty free /concessionary car permits?
    Why don’t you really put your words in to action by abolishing all privileges enjoyed by a few & create a fairer society? If you have the guts do it, you will hailed as a true statesman.

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      Well said Raj.

      Especially politicians; aren’t they over privileged,

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      Raj.

      Good point. The pm has opened up a can of worms to a difficult demand by the docs.
      The problem lies in the SL politicians and the wealthy who send their kids abroad for education and as well have no difficulty getting their kids into the best of local schools; thus setting a precedent. This will not change.
      Nothing will change. Get used to it.
      The PM will continue with good “jobs” to his buddies; he has no problems with that.

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    These doctors are a group of pavarayas led by a Padeniya.They think they deserve nothing but the best after having passed out state universities at the tax payers expense. They have no concience.They strike even for duty free cars.They don’t care for the innocent poor man who goes to government hospitals.They will face divine curse in their lives./

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    Ranil i stalking nonsense. He looks like a dumb politician who can not understand the true reality of Sri lanka.

    IF there are no previlaged classes who are the politicians ? Whether UNP, SLFP or other parties why theie parents push their children into politics when or if they retire. Why Sri lankan politicians are spending millions to beomce politicians. why Sri lankan politicians have assets that can be earned even by a very suicceesful politician ?

    Because politicians get unbelievably imbalanced benfits and perks for them. They by pass the govt system in order to acculumate wealth. It is happening eve in the present govt ?

    How many have been fired or removed by Ranil Wcirkamsinghe ?

    It is upto doctors to educate these things to voters when the time comes. Because, it is their that was used for educating future doctors.

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    If the doctors provide a service to the public free of charge there is no wrong in recognizing them as a privileged lot. They make money every second.They need a vehicle. That does not mean they need luxury inter coolers at the expense of public money. How many doctors pay their taxes properly? For a country to run smoothly it needs the services of professionals such as engineers.lawyers, doctors and accountants.A country cannot be governed only with the services of doctors.

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    GMOA demands are reasonable,UNP of Ranil W…ruling regime and its policies of Educational are really arrogant and manner on the issues of school admission of Doctor’s children matters ,by handle the rude way. This mode of anti-social policies against Doctors must stop by Ministry of Education once and for all.!

    Ranil W… one sided that anti-Free Health policies are roots cause of an opposed that Doctors children admission Govt. schools. In UNP principles that policies against the Free Health will badly effects majority public of poor and have notes.

    We urge UNP regime led Rani, Rajitha and Akria Viraje act on sober manners on the school admissions children of Doctors.
    UNP has taken wrong step and anti-human train act on Doctors, but regarding the LTTE carders by UNP Ranil.w, MS and CBK has very sympathised attitudes.

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    Best thing Ranil did!

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    The best decision taken by Wickramasinghe so far

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    This is a group of people (Consultants/Specialists) whose salary (Rs 90,000) is below that of the newest recruit to the Attorney General’s Dept. They should learn to behave as accepted within their pay grade.

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    It is best that Mr.Ranil Wickramasinghe sticks to this and it should apply to all.No priviledges, no tax free cars, no private practice for Govt Doctors,

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