Special Assignments, decisions, statistics: A forbidden love story (Video)

Special Assignments, decisions, statistics: A forbidden love story (Video)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

28 Dec, 2017 | 10:44 pm

Sri Lanka’s Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has failed an excessive 30 times since it was commissioned in 2011.

On top of that, whenever the power plant is not in operation, the Ceylon Electricity Board incurs a daily loss of Rs. 200 million.

Meanwhile, even the National Carrier – SriLankan Airlines- is staring at a colossal Rs. 40.8 billion rupee loss.

Speaking on using statistics to help develop the country, Minister of Special Assignments, Dr. Sarath Amunugama has said that “decisions are made on impressions, gossips, backbiting and personal interest.”

Dr. Amunugama stated that statistics is not high on the Cabinet’s agenda, but added that it should be.

“I’m trying to be merciful and subtle. But that is the type of information that we should be getting.”

The Minister said that the governmental state sector hierarchy should have the latest information, or else it is “a crime against the people of this country.”

Using statistics

The times Norochcholai Coal Power Plant has failed, and the loss incurred by the CEB on a daily basis each time this plant fails; these are stats which may have helped Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama when making the proposal to build two new coal power plants.

SriLankan Airlines is in crisis, and looking at making more massive losses.

However, these statistics did not deter Minister Amunugama from instructing the lease agreement on three A330-200 aircraft be extended. The Minister did so through the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management.

Minister Amunugama,
were these statistics high on the agenda during your decision making process?

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