National television under permanent military control

(Lanka e-news 20 March 2008, 3.40 PM)It has been decided to hand over the total control of administration of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation to the Military control with effect from today (20). The ruling of the control room of SLRC was already handed over to the Military on 17th March.

A new designation will be created as Deputy Director General (Administration) and a retired Major General will be appointed for the said post. The new Deputy Director General (Administration) will be retired Major General Sunil Silva from Sri Lanka Army Signals Corp. The Director General (SLRC) has been informed by written order regarding this new appointment, by the President’s Secretariat today.

Major General Sunil Silva who is having a fair knowledge of Radio Waves, has retired from the Sri Lanka Army in last January and after the retirement, he was appointed as an Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Defence. He was highly recommended for the above post at SLRC by the Secretary Defence, Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe.

President has decided to hand over the control of administration to a Military Officer after the discussions he had with the members of trade unions of SLRC and other Government Media Institutions. The new Director Board will also be appointed shortly and it is reported that another Army Officer will be appointed as a Chairman of the Corporation.

In the meantime, Mr. Sathkumara, Deputy Director General who is a Civil Servant seeks permission to resign from his post.