Former Senior DIG H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya appointed last week as Advisor to the Defence Ministry by President Mahinda Rajapakse will be losing a substantial salary package he currently earns as Group Security Director of Richard Pieris and Company by returning to state service several years after he retired from the police as a Senior DIG.
`I don`EDt mind losing all that to fulfill my lifelong ambition of ensuring discipline in the police and law and order in the country,` Kotakadeniya, a JHU activist, who campaigned for Mahinda Rajapakse said yesterday.
He noted he was denied the IGP position in 1998 and 2002 when he might have had an earlier opportunity of implementing his ideas for a better police service.
`I don`t want a situation where the public lose faith in the police and has to go to the underworld to find redress for their problems,` the new advisor who will have direct responsibility for the police said.
`The basic need is to improve discipline in the service and ensure that resources given by government are efficiently used for the benefit of the people and not for that of individual policemen and their cronies.`
Kotakadeniya is reputed for having succeeded in preventing misuse of funds, vehicles and manpower in the police when he held a senior rank in the force. Intimates said that the new advisor is expected to focus on controlling the misuse of state resources.
`The public can`t be sure that a complaint would be entertained at a police station when they go there, quite apart from it being properly investigated and suitable relief granted,` Kotakadeniya said. `Even complaints made by me in my personal capacity have not been investigated.`
Kotakadeniya said that the priority would be to set matters right in the police before cracking down on professional criminals and drug barons.