Gota, The Cabinet & The Expectations

Interestingly, four members of the Rajapaksa family found their places in the new cabinet. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa bagged a few ministries (Finance, Urban Development and Buddhist Affairs) while the oldest of the brothers Chamal Rajapaksa was appointed as the Minister of Irrigation, and Shasheendra Rajapaksa as the state minister for agriculture. If the expertise and the knowledge is to be taken use of fully, should this portfolio not have been given to the State Minister for National Heritage, Performing art and Rural Art Promotion, Vidura Wickramanayaka, who has a BSc in Agriculture? It is only a point to ponder.

The last and the fourth Rajapaksa to secure a ministry was the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Namal Rajapaksa. With relatively low experience as a first time minister, the least we should expect is not organizing and winning his own sports event, not initiating car racing in front of the temple of tooth, staying away from charges of money laundering, causing damage to public property, and violating court orders for which he has been previously accused of.

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