Duminda justifies Rs.21mn rental for ministry

2016-03-08 10:30:26

Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said today the monthly rental of Rs. 21 million inclusive of the rental for a separate vehicle park for the ministry at a new building in Rajagiriya was not that excessive compared to the rentals of the ministries at the World Trade Centre (WTC).

The Cabinet last week approved a proposal by the ministry to relocate it to a building in Rajagiriya at a monthly rent of Rs. 21 million.

“We didn’t want to move out but we had to since we were asked to vacate the building to house the offices for oversight committees of Parliament,” he told the Daily Mirror.

He said the ministry had earlier requested for a fourth-floor space at the ‘Sethsisripaya’ new building to house the ministry but they were not given the required space.

“Therefore, we have to move out to another spacious building with about 90,000 square feet. There was no favoritism in choosing the building,” the minister said.

Minister Dissanayake said their intention was to house all the departments and authorities under the purview of the ministry located elsewhere in the new building.

“As a permanent solution to the issue, I have requested the Prime Minister to make provisions to construct a spacious building for the Ministry on the land which belongs to the ministry at Battaramulla,” he said.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 15

  • Veda-mama Tuesday, 8 March 2016 11:20

    Do these so called Ministries really serve the country for atleast half the price paid for their rent alone?

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    peter Wednesday, 9 March 2016 02:36

    These are all WHITE ELEPHANTS that are not in need for the POOR MASSES. Dissolve all the so called ministries.

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    onlooker Tuesday, 8 March 2016 11:25

    The man who was caught at the top of a kitul tree too had an excuse.

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    Marie Tuesday, 8 March 2016 11:31

    Poor Farmer!

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    AmilaJ Tuesday, 8 March 2016 11:42

    Rent of 21 million for 90,000 square feet means on average Rs 233 per square feet. (in Rajagiriya) In Colombo 1-2 area even per square feet rate is around 170-190 Rs.

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    Concern Citizen Tuesday, 8 March 2016 12:32

    Aiyoo Salli

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    ndissanayke Tuesday, 8 March 2016 13:30

    see they have just started to play with people..

    Reply : 0       2

    upul Tuesday, 8 March 2016 13:55

    This is outrageous to say the least

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    Raj Tuesday, 8 March 2016 13:59

    Wow!! If 21Mn is one month rent, with an annual rent of Rs.252Mn, can build a new building!

    Reply : 0       2

    Leo Tuesday, 8 March 2016 14:12

    Does he have an excuse for worthless politiceans in parliment. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       1

    Abey Tuesday, 8 March 2016 14:23

    No money for fertiliset subsidy !

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    Rohan Tuesday, 8 March 2016 16:00

    Renting at this end for 21 Million and Increasing VAT at the other end for 15%. Great job minister.

    Reply : 0       2

    Rohan Tuesday, 8 March 2016 16:03

    Do we need ministers in this country?

    Reply : 0       2

    Shelley. Tuesday, 8 March 2016 16:26

    South Asian out put but North American type of expenditure. via DM Android App

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    rohan Wednesday, 9 March 2016 02:28

    building a ministerial complex in Colombo to hold all or mist ministries is the solution for these. what a waste of money. all that goes to their friends pockets. via DM Android App

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