The President has directed heads of state institutions not to engage in politics at the forthcoming general election

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has emphasized that the heads and board members appointed by his government to state organizations including corporations and statutory boards, should not be engaged in political activities for any party. He has said that if a state official needs to engage in politics for a political party he should do so after legally resigning from his post. The President does not expect heads of state institutions and officials should engage in politics on behalf of the government. They should take measures to make the institution a productive, discipline and a profitable place without corruption. Since state institutions are being maintained by public funds, they should not be burdened on the public. The President has emphasized that vehicle, equipment, physical resources and financial resources of Ministries, Departments, Corporations and Statutory Boards should not be utilized for political activities of any party during a general election. Strict legal action will be taken against heads of state institutions, board members and officials who violate the orders. The government led by the President is committed to establish a strong state, developed economy, fair society and a people friendly political culture leaving aside narrow political objectives. The President expects the full support of heads of state institutions and officials to achieve those objectives.

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