New minister to move Agriculture Ministry from DPA building

3 May 2018 04:48 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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New Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said he would do his utmost to move the Agriculture Ministry to its original place, the state owned ‘Govijana Mandiraya’ from the current location of the costly and luxurious D.P.A.Jayasinghe building in Battaramulla.

He said he did not believe the Ministry of Agriculture, that deals closely with farmers who toil day and day out to feed the country and their problems would need a highly luxurious and huge building paying a colossal amount of money as rent.

Assuming duties in his newly given portfolio today at the Agriculture Ministry at the controversial D.P.A.Jayasinghe building, Minister Amaraweera said he would appoint a Committee of ‘Officials’ to look into the possibility of re-establishing the Agriculture Ministry at ‘Govijana Madiraya’ as early as possible.

The Agriculture Ministry has paid Rs. 826,408,400 as two year’s rent by December 2017 to the building and not acquiring it even by then.(Sandun Jayasekara)

  Comments - 7

  • AYATOLLAH Thursday, 03 May 2018 05:30 PM

    Hon Minister the first is to vacate this luxurious building and move into the Govijana Mandiraya a state owned property and second to inquire who signed the cheque for such a colossal amount of public funds during the unoccupied period as it smells like a massive corruption scandal

    bul Thursday, 03 May 2018 05:30 PM

    826 Million ??????????????? for 2 yearsMonthly 34 Million ????

    mnsmart Thursday, 03 May 2018 06:50 PM

    could have put up a new building at half the cost.

    Potta Harry Thursday, 03 May 2018 09:05 PM

    What a joke. Another waste. Apart from colossal rent how much was spent to relocate to new building over 2 years. Going back to same location at another cost and possible penalty payment for early vacation of building.

    ND Friday, 04 May 2018 02:31 PM

    Shamelessly this government still has the audacity to call themselves the 'Yahapalanaya Government' ! What a joke. Absolutely no difference to the previous government. This is the reason Sri Lanka will always be a poor country. Our politicians are utterly corrupt ransacking the coffers.

    DG Friday, 04 May 2018 05:25 PM

    Very good thinking by the new Minister. Is the Govijana Mandiraya vacant and available. Then why did the Ministry vacate. Expose those who got Cabinet approval and misused such colossal sum of money for the DPJ building.

    PERERA Friday, 04 May 2018 09:33 PM

    WHY? IS HE TRYING TO LINE ONE OF HIS CHUMS POCKETS SO HE CAN DIP INTO IT?


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