He said that when the Sri Lanka Transport Board, also known as the CTB, was under the former Minister, it failed to pay EPF, ETF and gratuity to its employees.
He said that the CTB owes several companies and is facing liabilities running into millions of rupees.
Earlier Kumara Welgama insisted that he is being targeted for refusing to join the coalition Government after Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the last Presidential election.
Nimal Siripala de Silva however said that the failure to pay EPF and ETF when the former Minister was in office, has forced the CTB to face several issues.
He says the Government is now forced to pay the salaries of the CTB staff as the State passenger bus service is operating at a loss.
The Minister also said that there were some shortcomings over the construction of the Northern railway line and payments to the Indian company involved in the project has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigations over the project. (Colombo Gazette)