Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, S. B. Dissanayake has accused former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and incumbent Minister Sajith Premadasa as two of the main culprits who have driven the Samurdhi movement to the ground, due to their actions which has resulted in the movement losing billions of rupees.
“Because of Basil Rajapaksa we lost around 7 to 8 billion rupees, and even due to the actions of Sajith Premadasa, we have incurred a further loss of 3 to 4 billion rupees,” he told a meeting of Samurdhi officers in Badulla on Sunday.
Dissanayake added that the movement suffered further financial instability due to certain decisions taken during the past few years, where loans were given to people who went overseas and loans were given for local politicians to purchase bicycles, all which, according to him had contributed to its current situation.
“We must stop this and take every effort necessary to develop this movement and not let it suffer,” he said.
Dissanayake added that it was time for everyone to change their mentality if the country was to go forward. “If we don’t change the mentality, we can’t go forward,” he added.