Low quality cement scam

12 August 2011 10:57 pm - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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DNA Parliamentary Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday charged that a certain powerful figure in the government is behind the low quality cement scam.

Mr. Dissanayake who was speaking during the debate on regulations imposed under the Excise (Special Provisions) Act in the House yesterday alleged that the inferior quality cement had been imported as a result of a deal which the said powerful figure had with a Cement company from Pakistan. Mr. Dissanayake said this deal was finalised when the company owner visited Sri Lanka together with the President of Pakistan recently.
 
He said the cement had been imported by the National Cooperative Council which was an unknown institution that comes under the purview Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade.

The DNA Parliamentary Group Leader said this consignment had been found to be of inferior quality as the compression of this cement is reported to be low.  He said it would be dangerous to use this cement for concrete and these would not be strong. He said the concrete is far from strong and that it would eventually lead the buildings to fall apart. "One could imagine what would happen if this cement is used for schools and hospitals,” he said.
 
He also stated that the consignment had been imported by violating gazette notifications that have been approved by Parliament.
 
Deputy Minister of Transport Rohana Dissanayake who countered Mr. Dissanayake said there is no Crown Prince in the UPFA.  Criticising the DNA Group leader Mr. Dissanayake said the former is overflowing with jealousy and malice of the political success of the UPFA government. (By Yohan Perera)


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  • NAIDE Saturday, 13 August 2011 11:00 AM

    NOT SURPRISING AT ALL ! IN ALL THE RECENT SCAMS, TOP GOVT. PERSONALITIES WERE BEHIND THEM BUT WHEN THINGS GO AWRY, ONLY SOME OFFICIAL'AS NECK IS PUT ON THE BLOCK.

    V. Puran Appu Friday, 12 August 2011 11:26 PM

    This is too much.

    something should be done before the worst happens.

    LoneRanger Saturday, 13 August 2011 12:13 AM

    Results of uneducated people running the country. Better give this minister too a doctorate to cover up for GCE (OL).

    wijendra Saturday, 13 August 2011 12:28 PM

    How do you know about quality of this cement. No body tested any samples to prove that.

    Ravi C Sam Saturday, 13 August 2011 02:44 AM

    Low quality petrol was first to affect Sri Lankan public and now if it is followed by Low quality cement it is a very sad state.

    The people in governance should take serious note of this and should not allow repatition of this nature.

    Please think of the country and its people first.

    ampare son Saturday, 13 August 2011 04:04 AM

    I totaly agree with you. nine grade education dosent work.

    Gamarala Saturday, 13 August 2011 04:07 AM

    They should take the responsibility and leave

    Independent Observer Saturday, 13 August 2011 03:06 PM

    A sample of the imported cement must be given to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Standards for independent testing .

    C.K.K. Kularatne Saturday, 13 August 2011 05:50 AM

    This shouldn't be considered as a isolated problem. This happens every where in the country. The main issue is non-availability of standards. If u consider politicians, do they have standard or qualification? How about, so called premier service,SLAS, do they have standard in promotion or evaluation of qualification? They just become to class1 after 10years of service as they themselves created unwanted number of class1 posts. As both of these stupids don't have standard in their trade(cann't say profession), they don't mind others standard. That's what happen in adulterated petrol issue also.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 13 August 2011 06:06 AM

    It is an open secret that this consignment of cement has been imported by the sister of a half-educated Minister - also a long jumper from the UNP, now in charge of an important portfolio in the government. He is also famous for debacles such as import of chicken, eggs, tomatoes etc.

    Jeyaraj Saturday, 13 August 2011 06:59 AM

    Ow ado.Api bala cement genawa thamai.SLS horen gahala horen harbour eken pita kala thamai.Oya cement walinma schools,hospitals hadanawa thamai.Ape minister thamai do, oya cement genawe ! Thopi monawada kiyanne? Katha kaloth thopi okkoma athurudan karanawa do!

    Concerned Saturday, 13 August 2011 07:21 AM

    The question here is not about a crown or clown prince, but inferiour cement imported to the country. Provide a solution to that before buildings fall on the heads of people!

    Bavana Johnohn Saturday, 13 August 2011 07:21 AM

    The government doen not have capasity to think! What to do this is our situation!!!!

    Concerned Saturday, 13 August 2011 07:18 AM

    Power cuts, inferior petrol, troubled universities, low quality cement. Whats next??

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 13 August 2011 08:06 AM

    add to the list grease yakas and honourable doctorates as well please.


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