Police Officers will be assigned to provide security for both Parliamentarians and the public alike and the Police Officers would not be assigned to carry the files and bags of Parliamentarians, said Irrigation Minister and Internal security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday.
He made this observation yesterday in response to a request made by Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana demanding additional Police security for Parliamentarians. MP Pathirana made the request during the round of questions for oral answers.
“We would not provide Police Officers to MPs to carry their files and bags,” State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.
State Minister Rajapaksa queried as to why the Parliamentarians need additional security if they have the trust of the people. He added that two Police officers have been deployed for each Parliamentarian. He added there are only 85,000 Police personnel in the Police Service. If the Parliamentarians need more Police security, more Police personnel will have to be recruited to the service.
He added that four Police officers were assigned for the security of the Parliamentarians during the 88/89 insurrection period and another two were added for each MP when LTTE terrorist activities had intensified. However, now the number of Police Officers have been reduced to two from four.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that he would look into the matter. SJB Parliamentarins S.M. Marikkar and Thushara Indunil also supported the proposal made by MP Buddhika Pathirana.