Power Ministry secretary demands resignation of Coal Chairman

Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy BMS Batagoda has written to President Maithripala Sirisena demanding the resignation of ‎Maithri Gunaratne, Chairman of Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd, who had continuously opposed attempts to sign an unfavourable deal to import coal to Sri Lanka, the Anti Corruption Front (ACF) said.

Anti Corruption Front noted that a few days after an Auditors General report revealed that Sri Lanka lost Rs 4145.43 million in 2016 due to an agreement signed after obtaining Cabinet approval through misleading Ministers, to import coal to the country, the Ministry of Power had entered into a similar agreement.

“With this agreement, the state will have to pay US $ 10 per ton above the real market price.The first ship carrying coal will arrive with a shipment between 40 000 – 60 000 tons. The Letters of credit have already opened to facilitate this deal,” the Anti Corruption Front said.

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena about the alleged corrupt deal on January 04, 2016.

“We pointed that because of this deal Sri Lankan government has lost at least Rs 4145 million and that even the Supreme Court of the country has declared that (verdict no SCFR394/2015) that the deal must be made null and void. CaFFE also states that three politicians, belonging to both Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United National Party (UNP), are directly involved in this corrupt deal. ACF also wrote to the new Director General of the Bribery Commission inquiring what action has been taken on the previous complaint lodged by ACF,”  the Anti Corruption Front said.

The Anti Corruption Front said that with this deal members of the Good Governance government will have the opportunity to embezzle more money than what the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration made in four years. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. When it is so blatantly evident that the deal Ministry Secy wants signed is rigged and highly over priced and in addition the highest court of the land – the Supreme Court has held that this deal be cancelled, what is this writing to the president demanding the resignation of the just chairman of Lanka Coal? Mr Secretary are you also on take from this deal leave alone the politicians?

    Where is open, transparent good governance? I think the Ministry Secretary should be removed from his post for bring undue pressure to bear on an official who is concerned about the highly overpriced coal purchase.

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