The Liberal ‘s of Sri lanka party Rajiva Wijesinha who is emerging as a critique of the government while being on the national list of the government has now called for freeze on the size of the cabinet.Here is the on line petition.
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, The President of Sri Lanka
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa
The provision that must be introduced into the Constitution is a mandatory cap on the number of Ministerial positions. The current situation, where the President may appoint as many Ministers as he wishes, and at various levels, leads to waste as well as inefficiency.
The cost of maintaining so many Ministries, as well as the large private offices of each Minister, is colossal. But even worse is the difficulty of ensuring consultation and coordination in subject areas that require coherent and consistent interventions.
We also have the spectacle of Members of Parliament urging that they be appointed Ministers. This is understandable because of the immense advantage Ministers have when it comes ensuring popularity. Given that many Ministers do not have enough to do, they see Ministries as instruments of enhancing their standing in their own electorates.
Given that there are so many Ministries, it is understandable that MPs cannot see why they too should not be elevated to enjoy similar powers of patronage.
When there is no Constitutional limit, and given the precedents of the past, it is difficult for the President to turn down such requests. We believe that, in acceding to this petition, Your Excellency will also be able to introduce better and more responsible systems of governance, and allow the Executive to fulfil its duties rather than become an instrument of electoral popularity.