President Maithripala Sirisena has observed that it is highly regrettable that some people due to their political agendas have resorted to strikes when steps have been taken to resolve the controversial issue of South Asian Institute of Medicine and Technology (SAITM).
He was addressing a function held to unveil the newly built Buddha statue at the premises of the Local Government complex, Anuradhapura. He also engaged in religious observances and participated in alms giving ceremony for 100 Bhikkus.
During the address, President requested the medical students not to be political paws and to complete their medical education successfully for their benefit as well as for the sake of the nation. He assured that no student would be subjected to injustice.
He added that several steps have been taken to resolve issues with regard to the private medical college including making clinical studies compulsory for SAITM students and requiring them to face examinations approved by the Medical Council and the University Grants Commission. Furthermore, the government will announce minimum qualifications for medical studies, take over the SAITM's private hospital, expand the single ownership of the medical college into a broad base ownership and appoint a professional council to administer it.
He stressed that those who are poor and marginalized often suffer from this kind of strikes being held to achieve political gains. He further said that if there is any issue, there is room for any trade union to discuss those with the Government.
The Maha Sangha including Chief Incumbent of Ruwanweliseya Ven.Pallegama Hemarathana Nayake Thera, Ministers Duminda Disanayake,Chandrani Bandara, P. Harrison, Governor of the North Central Province, P. B. Dissanayake, Chief Minister Peshala Jayarathna and many others participated in this event.