Written by Bella Dalima
28 Jan, 2015 | 7:26 pm
Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka made a startling revelation on the recent activities of the Petroleum Corporation.
He expressed the following views on Tuesday at a ceremony for the assumption of duties of the new chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited.
Minister of Power and Energy, Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that 17 areas were divided and given to former military heads in order to head election campaigning. These military heads were given vehicles and arms through funds obtained from Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals. It was under the authority of former Chief Of Staff Gamini Senarath that gas was purchased. Gamini Senarath was able to receive an additional 15$ for every ton of gas sold. Tenders for coal were given in an improper manner. It was a Casino Owner who was given the tender to bring down coal from a company called “Nobel Russo”.
He added; Former President’s sons were receiving funds from rich companies like these to send satellites to the moon. They printed papers, owned radio channels and television channels. From whose money did they do this? They did it with money obtained through oil, coal, gas, and your money. They charged a large amount of tax on oil telling us that the Petroleum Company was making a loss. With the upcoming Budget you will find out how much of a loss our country incurred. Apart from the years 2011 and 2012 the Petroleum Corporation was making profits. Instead of giving these profits to the corporation the Rajapaksa family used the consumers money for development plagued with corruption. They only supplied the money. I have authored a book titled Power and Power which stated how much taxes the Petroleum Corporation was taking, when I brought this to light they began to get scared. But no one came forward to provide an answer.
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