Harsha alleges power sector corrupt, demands probe

A top Government Minister has alleged that the country’s power sector is corrupt and must be investigated.

Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha de Silva said that President Maithripala Sirisena must appoint a commission to investigate the power sector from 2005 to 2019.

“I now know that the biggest bloody crooks are in the power sector. I challenge President to appoint a commission to investigate from 2005 to 2019,” the Minister tweeted.

He also said that he was completely against a decision to award a 300 megawatt (MW) power plant to the first and second bidder in a single tender for an independent power producer.

“I am completely against handing out two contracts on one tender; bipartisan or otherwise. Now better tech n lower prices. There is no way power plant can be awarded without tender. No way. It flouts all procurement procedure,” he said.

The Minister also questioned the Secretary to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development Dr. B.M.S Batagoda over the deal. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Finally a minister who has seen the actual picture. This tender was a big fraud to award tender to disqualified bidders who are blocking genuine bids from new comers.
    MR President and RW hope Yu will not turn a blind eye anymore.
    We need an independent inquiry please. International tenders need strict compliance.

    • Finally we see a minister who can evaluate the real story behind the scenes. The way the tender was handled was to say it was fraudulent at the least , breaking all rules and regulations on how tenders are to be processed. Thus allowing disqualified bidders who were not technically qualified on the initial evaluation to be brought in illegally breaking all tender regulations. Who are now being brought back in by political pull which in turn is blocking genuine bids from new comers.
      MR President and RW hope Yu will not turn a blind eye anymore.
      We need an independent inquiry please.
      We need the Attorney General to act independently upholding the independence of the judiciary and take this matter on as its creating a dangerous precedent for future tenders in this country.
      International tenders need strict compliance.

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