Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva tied a samurdhi officer to a mango tree over his failure to attend a dengue prevention programme in Kelaniya last week.
The official was however later released while two other women and a man were also reprimanded by the Deputy Minister over their failure to attend the same programme
The Deputy Minister also severely warned one of the lady officers after she raised her strong objections in seeing the male samurdhi officer being tied to a tree. The Deputy Minister warned her to be quiet if not suffer a similar fate.
After this incident, Samurdhi officers have decided to suspend their participation in dengue eradication programmes islandwide until disciplinary action is taken against Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva for tying a Samurdhi officer to a tree today.
President of the All Ceylon Samurdhi Workers Association Nishantha Udawatta said that all associations affiliated to the Samurdhi Authority have decided to support the strike and will also seek legal action against the Deputy Minister.