Cabinet has approved a proposal to take legal action against the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to secure outstanding payments for Government buses used by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the last Presidential election.
The Minister of Internal Transport Ranjith Madduma Bandara presented to the Cabinet of Ministers the details relating to the expenditure incurred by institutions coming under his Ministry during the last Presidential Election.
This included an expenditure of Rs. 8.2 Million incurred by the National Transport Commission on account of an event where the former President met the Bus owners, drivers and conductors on the 6th December 2014.
Buses of the Sri Lanka Transport Board have also been provided for the public to participate at United People’s Freedom Alliance political rallies and only Rs. 50 Million has been provided as an advance for this.
The Cabinet was informed that a claim has been sent to the General Secretary of the United People’s Freedom Alliance requesting a payment of Rs. 142.5 Million on account of unsettled dues in this regard but no action has been taken to settle this outstanding payment.
Cabinet was also informed that a nearly 50 feet stretch of the wall of the Shalika Grounds has been demolished owing to the usage of the ground for Presidential election meetings.
The Cabinet of Ministers took note of the details and decided to take legal action to get the payments due and to obtain compensation for the damage that had been caused. (Colombo Gazette)