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
@MaithripalaS 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)