Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe hit out at the National Police Commission (NPC) today, asking if the NPC was a home for elders aimed squarely at ensuring a good retirement plan for some people.
Addressing an event in Walasmulla, his hometown, Rajapakshe said the objectives of forming the NPC had not been fulfilled.
“We have doubts about the Police Commission and about the IGP,” Rajapakshe said, voicing his concerns about IGP Pujith Jayasundara who is currently facing a ministerial investigation.
He also said the governmet would introduce drastic reforms to the Police Commission aiming to transform it into an efficient organization that would strengthen the Police service.
Rajapakshe said President Maithripala Sirisena voiced his concerns over the rising crime rate in the country at the last Cabinet meeting. “The President,” he said, “instructed the Law and Order Minister to adopt necessary action to bring down the crime rate. I hope the Law and Order Minister will act accordingly. The weakened Police commission is also a reason for the current state of affairs.”
However, Colombo Telegraph is in a position to reveal that President Sirisena’s remarks over rising crime rate were contested by Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
The two ministers, quoting official Police statistics, argued that the crime rate had decreased this year. They said the media was highlighting crimes, painting a wrong picture about the crime rate.
Rajapakshe was one of the few ministers who argued in favour of President Sirisena on the contentious matter.