JVP claims moves to buy 18 TV sets for Rs. 1.4 mn for WPC

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High on the heels of a controversy over the order placed by the Western Provincial Council authorities for the purchase of 125 chairs costing some Rs. 650,000 each from Spain, it has been revealed that the authorities had allocated Rs 1.4 million to purchase 18 television sets for the newly built building of the Council.

The source said the television sets are to be placed at several rooms in the building.

But Western Province Chief Minster Isura Devapriya said these were baseless allegations.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror JVP Councillor Lakshman Nipunaaarachchi said that the JVP was informed of the Television sets to be purchased spending Rs 1.4 million and he was going to raise a question during the next meeting of the council on September 4 requesting to disclose the actual cost of the television sets.

He further said that all six JVP members in the council were to oppose the move at the council meeting.

However, when contacted Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya denied the allegation.

"These allegations are levelled by the media. The same thing happened regarding the luxury seats incident. There is no need for us to have 98 inch televisions in our offices. I can assure that these are baseless charges," he added.

Earlier, Governor of the province Hemakumara Nanayakkara had suspended the purchase of chairs at a cost of Rs. 650,000 each following a request by councilor Nipunaarachchi. However, during the last meeting of the council majority of members of the council who spoke about these chairs justified the purchase.

The construction work on the new building complex for the council which would house all five ministries of the council has been almost completed and several ministry offices have already been moved to it. However, the council ministries are yet to move to the new building. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Unchikun Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:08 PM

    That is about Rs. 78.000 each which is cheap. Are the JVP guys living in a cave.

    Saman Sunday, 02 September 2018 09:50 AM

    Are you mean to say that Provincial Councillors sent to watch TV and to warm their backs while doing nothing? Why we don't hear any useful thing to the normal people?

    Unchikun Sunday, 02 September 2018 06:04 PM

    Sorry mate, I was referring to the cost of the TV set. information is very critical in the modern age.

    acs Sunday, 02 September 2018 06:09 PM

    JVP just want to attract attention

    Stan Saturday, 01 September 2018 07:09 PM

    True or not 1.4m for 18 televisions sounds more than reasonable.

    ravin Saturday, 01 September 2018 08:02 PM

    Base of establishing provincial council system is to provide decentralised better service to public. The biggest question is, is the purpose served? Why not get back to old system of GA's, AGA's DRO's and completely cut off this system of public money wastage. If we can't get the value for money why we waste money.

    Samson Saturday, 01 September 2018 09:41 PM

    Yes, TV's are necessary but not at that price. This contract must be having more than 20% commission.

    Dee Saturday, 01 September 2018 10:55 PM

    That's less than 80k per set. That's cheap! Are they buying from a web based seller?

    JuniorCitizen Sunday, 02 September 2018 12:01 AM

    Not enough information to jump to conclusions... If the TV's are 40 inches and above from a reputable brand then this is a bargain and a relatively good use of public money, BUT if it's a smaller size from a lesser known Chinese brand, that means someone at the WPC just became richer.

    Manel Sunday, 02 September 2018 12:53 AM

    CM is working for Mahinda, all his deeds are towards moving the vote base to opposition. It is a similar plot like what S.B. Dissanayake did, while in the cabinet he stopped the Samurdhi benefits closer to elections, to move the votes to opposition. Can't the government members use some intelligence to identify these.

    kayjay Sunday, 02 September 2018 11:53 AM

    You say you are dumped with mountains of loans by rajapakse family - Now how the hell you have decided to purchase chairs each costing 650,000 which is around 4025 USD each chair. What a dump government in power who cannot throw that chief minister in jail who placed this order...???

    Brainmaster Sunday, 02 September 2018 12:08 PM

    Poor fellows. They need TV. What else can they do in their offices only playing cards via DM Android App

    CITIZEN Monday, 03 September 2018 12:17 PM

    Next move will be to provide CD/DVD players to the members so that the rascals can watch blue films and rape women and children!!


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