J. J Ratnasiri – Outstanding public servant
Posted on June 16th, 2019

FRANK DE SILVA Narahenpita Courtesy The Island

June 16, 2019, 8:23 pm 


This note is in reference to the evidence given by JJ Ratnasiri, Secretary, Public Administration (S/PA), before the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), a few days ago.

JJ Ratnasiri stood out there in a class by himself in the PSC proceedings. Ratnasiri’s clear answers to the questions posed to him by the PSC were in sharp contrast to the dilatory questions by the PSC. Ratnasiri’s intelligence, his clarity of expression in his answers, and the clinically correct demeanour displayed by him at the interview in that room were of a high order. These qualities of Ratnasiri stood out, possibly against the lesser background of the parallel traits displayed by the PSC.

The PSC were even in want of suitable articulation due perhaps to convoluted ideas, when framing dilatory questions perhaps due to the same reason ; all possibly due to the confused clarity of their purpose. S/PA, by contrast, was clearly untrammelled by such vagaries. This difference noted may perhaps be due to the possible difference in agenda between the PSC and S/PA.

Whatever the difference, whatever the reasons, S/PA stood out in exemplary manner in the public service as against the PSC. If serving the people was the intent, S/PA did so better than the others in the room.


2 Responses to “J. J Ratnasiri – Outstanding public servant”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    COLLARS UP JJR.. outstanding. Bravo Bravissimo Very Well Done.

  2. Dilrook Says:


    Our deep respect to JJ Ratnasiri for standing up to what is right and not getting bullied by a bunch of fools.

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