Written by Tharushan Fernando
21 Jan, 2017 | 8:20 pm
A ground-breaking ceremony for a new solar power plant in Ranamayurapura, Hambantota, was held this morning under the auspices of Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya.
He stated that the Electricity Board owns 60%, the Ports Authority owns 20% and the Treasury owns 20%.; while the report recommended the appointment of a board with a broader role which can conduct inquiries too. Therefore an Acting Chairman has been appointed and it is now functioning under the Additional Secretary to the Ministry Menil Gunathilake.
The former Chairman of LankaCoal, Attorney-At-Law, Maithri Gunaratne alleged that the minister was misleading the people
“What he said was completely false and the people need to know the truth. I do not agree with what was said at all. And I am saddened that the Minister is misleading our entire society in this way”, he said
The former chairman noted that the Supreme Court issued a decision on this and determined that the Procurement Committee appointed by the cabinet had acted beyond their powers and misled the cabinet and the honourable Minister did nothing regarding this.
“It was the honourable minister himself who submitted two cabinet papers, which misled the cabinet. The honourable minister did not take any disciplinary action against the Secretary in this respect. Thereby, his story is unacceptable. It misleads society”, charged the former chairman who called for a retired Supreme Court judge to be immediately appointed to investigate this.
He added that an organisation has already lodged a complaint on this matter with the Bribery Commission and that the Commissioner has the power to arrest all these officials.
He pointed out that the Auditor General’s report says that losses running into the billions of rupees have been incurred through this and it is clear that post 2015 these losses have been incurred as a result of the decisions made by the Secretary and the Minister.
“I do not know why they went ahead with this even when we said don’t. The people must decide”, he said.
27 Nov, 2020 | 02:58 PM
28 Oct, 2020 | 08:39 AM
Are you interested in advertising on our website or video channel
Please contact us at [email protected]