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Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Wijith Wijayamuni Soysa says private medical institutes should not be a concern, if foreign students can train in local hospitals.

Speaking at a media briefing at the subject Ministry, the Minister said double standards cannot be maintained.

The Minister noted his son is studying at SAITM, adding so is Rohitha Abeygunawardene’s two daughters.

H said SAITM should be made a state entity and the matter must be brought to an end.

The Minister said these children were admitted by the UGC.

He stated there are many who are unable to go overseas and these people deserve an opportunity.

The Minister noted many local students are training in the country as well adding they train in this country spending their own money.

He reiterated foreign students can pay and be trained but local students cannot.

The media also questioned the Minister on the Cabinet reshuffle. Minister Wijyamuni Soyza said he is willing to accept the duties of any Ministry with the exception of two.

Minister Soyza said he is prepared to accept whatever the outcome adding there is no issue.

However he reiterated there are two Ministries he would not accept.

He said e would not accept the Ministry of livestock and the Ministry of Fisheries, remarking there was no need to return to Ministries he had previously undertaken.