SLFI dispute goes to
Decisions taken by the Board of Management of the
Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) are allegedly being disregarded
by the Chairman of the SLFI prompting board members to seek an appointment
with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Sunday Times learns that the board members
have repeatedly complained about the failure to implement decisions
collectively taken at the board meetings, but no follow-up action
has been taken.
In one instance, a decision was taken by the board
to fill a post of a director after interviews were held, but the
chairman had decided to re-advertise the post without consulting
the board, it is alleged.
In another instance, disregarding a board decision,
two appointments were made by the chairman. The board members have
also accused the chairman of changing the minutes of the Board of
Management. The board members are planning to explain the situation
to President Rajapaksa as the Institute comes under the President.
SLFI Chairman Bandula Wellala when contacted by
The Sunday Times denied the allegations and said that it took time
to make certain appointments. The SLFI’s mandate is to promote
policy, research and training in the areas of democracy, human rights,
good governance and trade union and labour relations.