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Sri Lanka: Government appoints Northern DIG without CM’s knowledge

The government has appointed a deputy inspector general (DIG) of police to the Northern Province without the knowledge of the Northern Province Chief Minister.
The TNA has raised objections to the appointment of DIG Pujitha Jayasundera to the North.
TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has told parliament that the Constitution notes that a DIG had to be appointed only in consultation with the Chief Minister and that it had not happened in the appointment of the new northern DIG.

“I have nothing against the gentleman appointed to the North. Yet, it is a devolved subject. A DIG has to be appointed with the concurrence of the Chief Minister. Similarly even the provincial chief secretary has to be appointed with the same concurrence. The NPC Chief Minister has asked for the removal of the chief secretary. The letter addressed to the executive has remained unanswered for the past two months,” Sumanthiran has said.

He has also observed that the party would bring a motion calling for the removal of the Governor as well


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