JVP accuses govt. of failing to take action
Aug 18, 2012
The JVP yesterday charged that the government had failed to take action against former North Central Province Chief Minister Bertie Premalal Dissanayake and a another ruling party candidate for the province named Sumathipala, even though an investigation conducted by the Presidential Investigation Unit (PIU) had found them responsible for several malpractices involving millions of rupees of Provincial Council funds.

JVP Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake citing the PIU report stated that the duo had been found to have committed malpractice to the tune of Rs. 110 million. This he said involved Rs. 78 million spent for the reconstruction of 63 tanks in the North Central Province.

Further quoting the PIU report Dissanayake said Rs. 78 million had been paid to a company that was supposed to have supplied equipment for the reconstruction of 63 tanks. However, during the investigations the said company had confirmed that it was never involved in supplying equipment to the North Central Provincial Council.

It was also revealed that the Chief Minister had failed to pay the hiring charges of a bulldozer he had used for construction work in a land owned by himself at Epalogama.

Citing another allegation he said millions had been paid to a company for supplying school equipment but that company had also confirmed it had not supplied any such equipment.

According to Dissanayake the investigations had also revealed that the chairman of the construction agency of the North Central Provincial Council, also a ruling UPFA candidate, was not fit be in the said post as he had not even passed the GCE Ordinary Level examination. It was further revealed that this candidate had been charged in courts for the theft of some sleepers and railway tracks.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka