Harbour lease not necessary if govt. acted on COPE reports: Handunnetti

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Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Sunil Handunnetti (JVP) said that there wouldn't have been a need to lease out Hambantota Harbour had the Government taken measures to recover the losses after a proper investigation on matters related to 58 institutions reported by the COPE during the last one-and-a-half year period of time.

“At 98 meetings during this period COPE was able to reveal instances of misappropriation of money and frauds in various Government institutions including Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Ceylon Electricity Board, SriLankan Airlines, Maga Neguma, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the Foreign Employment Bureau, and the Ports,” he said.

Had investigations been conducted and appropriate actions been taken to prevent and recover the losses incurred by these institutions that would have been sufficient to offset the amount that expected from the lease of Hambantota Harbour, he argued.

The Parliamentarian said that he had revealed these COPE findings at a meeting held at the Water’s Edge, presided over by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and with the participation of officials of the Auditor General’s Department. (Dayaseeli Liyanage)

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  • B S Perera Monday, 07 August 2017 06:27 AM

    Good idea. But it would have taken many years to accomplish. Where will be the country by that time?

    TONY Monday, 07 August 2017 10:59 AM

    DO NOT TRY TAKE ANY CREDIT. PREZ AND PM HAVE BETTER IDEAS

    Ajith Monday, 07 August 2017 01:34 PM

    Harbour leasing is long term profit sharing arrangement with relief the loan taken in foreign currency. Boad scam is in local Rs. which will not help to run the harbour as a business or loan repayment.

    ase Monday, 07 August 2017 03:18 PM

    tis shows the economical competence of JVP

    parakum Monday, 07 August 2017 03:50 PM

    Amount of destruction done to public properties and life during the two JVP uprisings should have been accdounted as well.

    kukula Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:13 AM

    JVP was never a progressive party. They are behind many industrial unrest since they entered parliament.If MR Handunhetty, being the head of cope, should also have the powers to carry out investigations and bring the corrupt to justice. JVP can be then justified as a worthy people's party. Good luck to you.


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