Written by Staff Writer
15 May, 2016 | 9:08 pm
The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Minister Sagala Ratnayake says that the matter of purchasing two security vehicles for the Prime Minister, will be discussed in Parliament.
Ratnayake issued a statement on Sunday , May 15, considering the opposition, to the move expressed by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake.
Minister Sagala Ratnayake in this statement, pointed out that Ranil Wickremesinghe has not received any vehicles from the Prime Minister’s Office at present.
The statement reads further that the Prime Minister has been provided three vehicles from the Presidential Secretariat, adding that due to the need to periodically repair these vehicles, a cost of Rs.9.8 million has been incurred.
He points out that these vehicles were manufactured in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
Ratnayake adds that as a result, the Prime Minister often uses his personal vehicle.
He further claims that following the presidential election, the best vehicles at the Presidential Secretariat were taken away by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Ratnayake notes that the two vehicles to be purchased on the recommendation of the Prime Minister’s Security Division, considering the safety of the Prime Minister, will cost approximately Rs.128 million.
He points out that since the balance 468 million is made up of government taxes, it is merely a transfer of monies from one government account to another.
The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff says that given the opposition that has arisen to the proposed purchase of these vehicles, the matter will be discussed in parliament, following which the appropriate steps will be taken.
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