President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told a  group of officials from the state run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) yesterday that he does not expect state entities to engage in politics and advised them to develop these institutions into  income generating ones by increasing  efficiency and productivity and minimizing  unnecessary expenditures and waste.

"State enterprises are run on the hard-earned money of the toiling people of this country. Therefore, Public Sector organisations should not be a burden to the people” the President said.

He said sectors such as health and education are public welfare services and  they are not expected to generate an income,  but other organizations should earn an income for their maintenance and the well-being of the employees.

“The economy of Sri Lanka like the rest of the world is faced with a severe decline due to COVID-19 pandemic. Millions have lost employment. Heads of organizations should place the country first. If they fail to do so, these institutions might collapse,” the President said.

The President also instructed the senor officials of the SLBC who were present to introduce popular programs to suit the aesthetic preferences of the audience and to work with dedication to generate income with a proper plan. “Apprise the performance of employees continuously and the status of the organization. Motivate them to work hard for the progress of the entity without seeking personal gains”, the President said.

The Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera  explained the measures that should be taken to increase its income based on an appropriate plan while ensuring the maximum efficiency of the employees of the Corporation.

Chairman of SLBC Jagath Wickremasinghe, Director General Chandrapala Liyanage and members of the Board of Directors were present at the discussion.

President with senior officials of SLBC at the Presidential Secretariat