The government has recommended to remove Nimal Bopage from the post of Secretary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media.
This decision had been reached after having considered the impact of a communiqué released by the secretary, thus acting against the efforts of President and the Prime Minister to establish a free environment for media.
The statement under the title “Uthum vu Madhya Nidahasa, Awabhavitha Nokaramu” issued by Nimal Bopage drew much attention of the government, prompting the Prime Minister to summon the Secretary and severely reprimand him.
Bopage soon after assuming duties had issued this controversial statement which had belittled the Government. Senior Cabinet Ministers had expressed their serious concern, and the decision to remove him from the post had been taken thereafter.
Directive removing the secretary is expected to be forwarded to President Maithripala Sirisena within the next couple of days.