President’s Secretary comments on media reports over renovations and vehicles

President’s Secretary comments on media reports over renovations and vehicles

President’s Secretary comments on media reports over renovations and vehicles

Written by Staff Writer

07 Oct, 2015 | 9:04 pm

Issuing a statement , the President’s Secretary commented on media reports published on the renovations of the President’s house and the official vehicles of the president.

The statement reads that the estimate that was presented to Parliament by the Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs yesterday includes the expenses of the Presidential Secretariat as well as the expenses of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Plantation Industries, Home Affairs, Fisheries, Highways and Investment Promotion.

It adds that the Presidential Secretariat has directed its attention to media reports regarding the Rs.180 million requested to carry out the repair work of the new president’s residence.

According to the president’s secretary, the repair work is being carried out merging two old houses.

The statement, quoting the president’s secretary, notes that repair work focuses on the security of the residence, the president’s security officers quarters, as well as the garage, and adds that the construction is carried out by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau – a state institution.

The president’s secretary adds that the cost that would have to be incurred by the state, if President Sirisena used the President’s House in Fort would be approximately Rs.15 million  a month which includes water, electricity bill, as well as maintenance cost and reiterates that President Sirisena has refused to utilise the Fort residence allocated to the president due to the exorbitant cost.

The statement adds that BMW vehicles and the BMW motorcyles that was mentioned in the newspaper articles published on Wednesday – was in fact ordered and purchased by the previous government on October 2014

The Secretary to the President says that the BMW car reached the Colombo Harbour on January 8, 2015 and the BMW motorcycles reached Colombo on February 21, 2015 and that as the vehicles were kept in the Harbour for around three months, and as they cannot be re-exported, and as the storage cost was high, the government had decided to take custody of the vehicles in question.

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