(Lanka-e-News -08.June.2017, 11.00AM) SusanthikaJayasinghe who stooped to do all the sordid biddings of corrupt murderous Rajapakses during their nefarious era , including going to super market to buy rotten dried fish for them , and also sought to pedestal Mahinda in power for the third time , has now made accusations against the present government . She has alleged because the latter has taken revenge on her , she has only one choice – to auction her two golden medals she won , and leave for Australia. Susanthika recently made this revelation to the media.The Sports ministry giving an official reply to this allegation.
Susanthika told the media thus “ I was working as sports advisor at the ministry of sports. But with the change of government in January 2015 ,I lost that job . I was given a car and a driver , and paid a monthly salary of Rs. 80,000.00. This was for the tasks I performed as a sports advisor and president’s co ordinating officer. I also had some money earned on my own in my savings which I spent for political activities. Nobody helped me specially. Therefore I have spent most of what I earned. Since last month –April my salary payment has been stopped. I am not afraid , remember that. I have nothing to lose. Country’s two biggest medals are in my possession. Before those are given to the museum , I shall auction them and I shall go to Australia. Such a country will receive me.”
The statement issued by the acting secretary to the sports ministry ,Somaratne Vidanapathirane in regard to non payment of salary, and other allegations leveled by Susanthika ,is hereunder …
With regard to the charges leveled against the sports ministry by Susanthika via the various media , we explain thus :
Let us first recall with due respect that Susanthika Jayasinghe by winning an Olympic medal in 2000 , did proud to this country.
The governments in power since that time have gifted cash , house, vehicles etc. to Ms. Susanthika Jayasinghe. In addition following a request made by Susanthika to the ministry for funds to publish her biography , with the permission of the minister , a sum of Rs. 1.1 million was donated to her last year.
Even after such assistance ,if she says she is facing pecuniary embarrassment , it is a matter for regret.
Firstly ,Susanthika was not dismissed from the post by the sports ministry in the manner she claims. Her April salary has been somewhat delayed temporarily , and the explanation for that is given in this letter.
The previous government appointed her as an advisor to the sports minister , and her term had ended in 2015 when this government was installed in power. When lawyer Dayasiri Jayasekera was appointed as minister of sports, the situation changed , and steps were taken to secure Susanthika’s services giving due respect.
The minister of sports forwarded a message to the cabinet on 2016-05-19 with the aim of paying a monthly salary of Rs. 60,000.00 plus a fuel allowance of Rs. 15000.00 to Susanthika until she reaches the age of 60 irrespective of whoever holds the sports minister post.
The cabinet gave approval based on that message to extend her services from 2016-07-01 every year until 2020 , and to appoint Susanthika as an advisor when selecting participants for international games , and as a trainer . The cabinet also agreed to pay her a monthly salary of Rs. 60,000.00 based on the salary structure for advisors of state ministries.
In this connection a letter was sent to her on 2016-08-12 by the Sports ministry secretary and her appointment was to take effect from 2016-07-01. It is stipulated in article 8 ‘ The duties designated to you by the sports ministry secretary shall be discharged by you .The program of work for the particular month shall be submitted to the secretary during the first week of that month , and at the end of the month , a report of the work done shall be forwarded to the secretary ‘
Article 9 stipulates “ Further , a report on the work done by you during the year , and a report of the program of work which you have prepared for the ensuing year .
To facilitate her duties and tasks
, room 8 on 3rd floor of the building on Torrington playground was assigned , which is also the building allocated for sports associations of the Torrington playground .
With a view to producing talented athletes like Susanthika , the sports minister invited Susanthika and former president of athletic federation , Sugath Thilakaratne to the ministry, and requested Susanthika to serve as an advisor and provide training to athletic reserve three at that time. So far Susanthika had not provided those services to the athletic sphere of the country.
From July 2016 until March 2017 , she was paid salaries without any interruption by the sports ministry. Yet Susanthika has continuously failed to perform her duties stipulated under the articles . From January to March 2017 , Susanthika was sick , yet the ministry on sympathetic grounds paid her the salaries during that period.
Even after pampering her , because she did not fulfill the requirements under article 8 , the ministry secretary addressed a letter on 2017-04 -26 to Susanthika, and informed her to forward the monthly reports if she is to be paid the salary from the month of April 2017.
The funds we released as a sports ministry to Susanthika are funds fully belonging to the public of this country. As it is our responsibility to release public funds to Susanthika in a manner that it is utilized for the benefit of the country, it is the duty and responsibility of Susanthika to be of service to the sphere of sports of the country duly , commensurate with the funds she had collected.
Under the circumstances, we have no legal right or ethical obligation to release funds to her who has neglected the performance of her duties , and neglected forwarding the reports in accordance with the cabinet decisions .
If Susanthika is still experiencing pecuniary embarrassment , what she should do is not auctioning her medals , rather perform her duties duly while holding the posts designated to her by the government , and honorably collect a salary , while unhesitatingly and duly serving the motherland and the sporting arena .
Towards that end , the sports ministry doors are still widely open for her. We therefore respectfully request her to cooperate with the sports ministry to produce some more talented sports stars today or tomorrow for our motherland .”
by (2017-06-08 05:32:08)