No difference between former and current govt in coal importation: Anura Kumara

No difference between former and current govt in coal importation: Anura Kumara

No difference between former and current govt in coal importation: Anura Kumara

Written by Tharushan Fernando

13 Aug, 2016 | 10:03 pm

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that there remains no difference in the conduct between the previous and current administration, when importing coal to the country.

He made this statement at a rally which was held in Awissawella.

The leader of the JVP pointed out:

There is an annual requirement of around 2.2 million tonnes of coal and this was the second largest deal concerning an importation of a foreign goods. Where number one is fuel and the second is coal and this commenced in 2009 till the year 2015, the former royalty purchased this coal for five years, without following any tender proceedings, by vesting tenders to some businessman they knew at the time. That resulted in the swindling of a large amount of public wealth.

He further stated that then came the present government which pledged to do things differently and they called for tenders. But they did not call the relevant person who should have been given the tender,  but instead they chose another .

He pointed out that the previous government refrained from calling for tenders, and chose who they want; while the present government calls for tenders, and selects the person who they want. But the suitable candidate took to courts and the Supreme Court concluded that the relevant company belonged to a foreign company. Therefore, the court said that the case should not be attended to at the end. However, the Supreme court judges said that the purchase is heart-wrenching and therefore, issued an indirect order that the purchase should be halted.

That is the type of purchasing they do, pointed out JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

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