Advisors Advice Not Taken: Nanayakkara
By Indika Sri Aravinda
Former Presidential Advisor Hemakumara Nanayakkara says there are around 10-12 advisors for President Mahinda Rajapaksa but not one advice is taken.
Nanayakara, who had recently resigned from his post as advisor to the President on agricultural issues, said that he had also given some proposals to the President but they were not even considered.
“I was advisor to the President for just over one year but not one of my proposals had been accepted. So it was better to leave than remain in the post,” he said.
Nanayakkara had initially said that he resigned over several issues involving the agriculture sector.
He said the he sees a huge gap between the many Ministries and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s office.
Nanayakkara also said that some key Ministers including Media, Health, Agriculture, Consumer Affairs, Education, and Higher Education all go the President when there is an issue instead of addressing the issue on their own.
Nanayakkara meanwhile said that he will form a new political party and invite several politicians including former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to be a part of it. Nanayakkara, a former UNP member, joined the government during the latter stages of the war and was given a Ministry but he later resigned over poor health and was given the post of Presidential advisor.