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Refrain from baseless accusations against Govt. officials in this House-Speaker to MPs

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Speaker of the Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday stressed that all Members of Parliament should refrain from making baseless accusations in this House on government officials.

The Speaker announced to the House that it has been brought to the attention of the Members of Parliament that there has been a growing tendency to criticize government officials holding high posts without any basis and on unverifiable grounds at various occasions in this Supreme Assembly by some Members of Parliament for their personal interests by referring to official decisions and works of such officials.

He further stated that in many cases, such baseless statements damage the reputation and professional dignity of the said public officials, and I observe that the said officials do not get an opportunity to respond regarding such statements. Hence, they are subject to severe injustice and discouragement.

Furthermore, the Speaker specifically mentioned that those officials have made complaints in writing to him expressing their deep concern regarding such statements. If there are criticisms regarding government officials, I would like to emphasise that they can be summoned before the Parliament to inquire about such matters and necessary action can be taken.

“I would like to inform you that such defamatory or abusive statements will also be expunged from the Hansard Report as per the provisions of the Standing Order 91(g),” the Speaker said.

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