Yes, my daughter-in-law is studying at SAITM — Rajitha

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Untitled-5By Sandun A Jayasekera
Minister Rajitha Senaratne admitted yesterday that his daughter-in-law was studying at SAITM, and added that not only she but many of his other relatives, too, were studying there. 
Yes, my daughter-in-law is studying at SAITM — Rajitha
He said the Health Ministry had permitted clinical training (at government hospitals) for students of the Malabe Private Medical College,  on a payment of Rs. 50,000 per student, consequent on a court order. He said there were no personal or political motivations behind that decision. 
The Inter-University Students’ Federation (IUSF) said yesterday that Dr. Senaratne’s daughter-in-law (MP Chathura Senaratne’s wife), was following a course at SAITM, and that that was why Dr. Senaratne was striving to protect SAITM.
Dr. Senaratne said that, if the Health Ministry did not permit SAITM (South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine) students to have their clinical training at government hospitals, the health secretary would be guilty of contempt of court. The health ministry had undertaken earlier to provide facilities for clinical training to SAITM students. 
Subsequently, the health ministry permitted then to undergo clinical training at the Avissawella and Kaduwela Hospitals. SAITM students cannot undergo clinical training at the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in Malabe due to a lack of sufficient patients and beds there. 
Dr. Senaratne asked why the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) did not oppose the medical college that was set up at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). “Was it because the former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave the GMOA a telephone call asking them to explain their position on the issue?” he asked.