Joining Minister Maithripala Sirisena in criticizing the oversized Cabinet, Minister Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi said he loathed the very thought of being a member of a government with such a big Cabinet.
`I am reeling with disgrace because of the size of our Cabinet. It is nothing but callousness, to appoint such a big Cabinet at a time ordinary people are going through innumerable hardships due to the unbearable cost of living` Mr. Sooriyaarachchi said.
The Minister made these comments at a ceremony on Wednesday to welcome the new Minister Dayasritha Tissera held at the Ministry of Skills Development.
Mr. Sooriyaarachchi said those who took the decision to expand the Cabinet should be blamed for the pathetic state of affairs. The time has come to honour the mandate given by the people at the 2005 Presidential election he said.
Agriculture Minister Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday said he was ashamed of for being a member of an oversize Cabinet while new Minister Rauff Hakeem said many other members of the Cabinet shared Mr. Sirisena`s views.