for MPs' staff
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed Parliamentary Affairs
Minister A.H.M.Azwer to organise special computer/management training
programmes for the staff members of all parliamentarians irrespective of
to Minister Azwer, the first workshop for all staff members, like the
parliamentarians' coordinating secretaries and private secretaries and
other officials attached to MPs would be held in Nuwara Eliya on July
14. On this day the staff of the MPs from Nuwara Eliya and Badulla
Districts would be given basic training.
programme according to Azwer is called 'Computer Training and Efficient
Management Skills.' Azwer says this system though new to Sri Lanka is
being followed in the United States and other developed countries.
said the staff of a particular MPs is the choice of the member
concerned. Therefore he says such individuals may not have the necessary
knowledge that is needed to support a member of parliament at all times.
"Most of the times our parliamentarians select individuals from
their kith and kin to be either their private secretaries or
coordinating secretaries. We would not know whether they are with or
without such knowledge to handle the computer. This is why the Premier
thought it is necessary to train these individuals and give them basic
training in computers like in any other country," the Minister
Minister said the second phase of the programme would be conducted in
Jaffna. The date for this programme has still not been finalised. At
this workshop, staff of the MPs from the north and east would be given
the same training, he said.
MPs make mistakes. At this time it is the private secretaries and the
coordinating secretaries who should be able to point out such errors to
the members. But here it does not happen because the staff attached to
the MPs are not capable of doing so," the Minister added.