Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka has urged public servants not to abuse the recently launched communications package Upahara designed to provide mobile phones to state sector employees and pensioners.
Addressing the media at Waters Edge Saturday night, he emphasised that they should not talk over their phones endlessly. `Like us politicians, you, too, are paid by the taxpayer. If you hang on to a phone, you ll have no time to work,` he said, adding the package was a relief measure offered to public servants.
Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel and Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation on August 13 reached agreement on the package which would enable its subscribers to make voice and video calls free, within the Mobitel network and fixed line operators.
The agreement came close on the heels of Pradeep Gunawardena taking over STC from Neil Rupasinghe, a former Gampaha MP
who had filled the vacancy caused by the death of Reggie Ranatunga. Gunawardena had been previously in charge of Lankapuvath.
Speaker W.J. M. Lokubandara and Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda were among the invitees.
The launch was followed by cocktails and dinner.