Amidst mounting pressure on the government against the reappointment of Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran for a second term, a group of 19 civil society representatives have also exerted pressure on both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requesting for Mahendran’s removal.
During a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat, the civil society representatives had cited how the Government came to power pledging good governance and transparency, all of which Mahendran as Governor of Central Bank has failed to deliver.
After listening to the representatives, Sirisena had informed them that a final decision will be taken after he discusses the matter with Wickremesinghe, who was also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne early this week questioned whether it made sense having a Central Bank Governor in the country who did not understand the people’s grievances.
“Mehandran wears a suit which is worth millions of rupees, can a person who wears such expensive suits, understand the common man’s problems,” Jayaratne asked during an event organized by the Anti-Corruption Front which called for Mahendran’s removal.