The Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga states if the people who are paid from public funds do not render a service commensurate with their salaries, they will be born as ravens and frogs in the next life. The Minister also states that it is their responsibility to do justice to the salary they receive.
Prasanna Ranatunga stated this addressing a function held in Minuwangoda to award appointment letters to graduates recruited to the public service.
“Government officials, including politicians, receive their salaries and allowances at the expense of the people. We must do justice to the salaries we receive from the people’s money. If those who receive salaries and allowances from the people’s money do not perform their duties properly, they will be born as ravens and frogs in the next life. This is something my dad told me. Today, as a Minister, I receive these privileges at the expense of the people. I feed my children with people’s money. Therefore, I will do my best for the country. Always act in accordance with the conscience. Do justice to your salary from today. Many enter the public service in search of privileges. Dedicate yourself to set up state machinery that will serve the people properly. That is your duty and responsibility.” he added.