Govt. silent over WB, IMF funds: UNP
June 14, 2012
The WB and the IMF have agreed to consider a United National Party (UNP) proposal that the Sri Lankan government should be prevailed upon to enact Financial and Right to Information legislation to ensure trans

parency in the disbursement of funds, the UNP said yesterday. The World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) invited the main opposition in April to make its observations about the economic activities of Sri Lanka.

UNP front-liner Ravi Karunanayake who visited Washington on behalf of the party, said there were serious questions about the disbursement of IMF and WB funds.

“We brought this matter to their notice. They agreed to look into it. We are going to raise this matter once again in Parliament. We want to make sure that funds are given to the people, not to the government. Today, in the absence of a Right to Information Act, people have no way to get information about the disbursement of funds,” he said and added that even some questions asked by him in Parliament had not been answered by the government.

On an earlier occasion the UNP announced it would present a Right to Information Bill in Parliament as a private member’s bill but the government did not allow it saying the government was planning to do so. The Bill never saw the light of day.

Attempts to reach Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal for comments on the matter failed.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka