Minister wants many Mapilas for the SLTB

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Transport Minister Kumara Welgama has said that he wanted the services of a Mapila snake (a black mamba) to get the SLTB out of the current mess as the country’s main transport system is plagued with corruption and waste.

Addressing a function at Panadura Depot, Minister Welgama said the SLTB couln’t be saved without an efficient and honest staff which was lacking at the moment.

“I would always obtain the advice of honest and dedicated officials of the SLTB who have experience in the transport sector on how to turn around the SLTB. The SLTB is full of vipers. There was a good and honest official who hated corruption and waste in the SLTB.

“Whenever he visits a depot, the employees used to say ‘here come Mapila’ because he never hesitated to punish those who cheated SLTB,” he said.
But the Minister said that the income of the depot had gone up when he paid a visit to that depot. “Therefore, I need a few Mapilas like ho him to bring the SLTB from the current mess,” Minister Welgama stressed.

Minister Welgama added that the SLTB loses 10% or Rs. 500 million of its daily income to due thefts among bus conductors which is cold ‘Matiya Gahanawa’. But senior management of a depot must find a solution for this kind of corruption. The best lesson to minimize corruption in the SLTB was to get the services of several Mapilas, he said.

Another 500 new buses will be added shortly to the SLTB bus fleet and depot superintendents and managers must be determined to use these buses to increase the income of the depot, he said.

Though the SLTB has achieved a considerable progress in the last two years there was still much to be done. But the SLTB still could not compete with the private sector and competition was necessary for an efficient and viable commercial venture, he added.

The main plus point for the SLTB was it is still popular among the public and their first choice when they use public transport. Therefore, all employees of the SLTB must be determined to maintain the commuter confidence and use it for the benefit of the SLTB, Minister Welgama emphasized. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • An Opinion Thursday, 07 February 2013 12:35 PM

    You should set an example by acting swiftly when corruption and sickening behaviour is reported. You merely ask for complainant's contact number and go to sleep.

    John Rambo Thursday, 07 February 2013 08:33 AM

    Is Mapila and Black Mamba are the same? Just curious !

    Rider Thursday, 07 February 2013 08:37 AM

    Black mumba and Mapila are two different types of snakes..

    Indika Saturday, 09 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Need mapilas in every institute in the country. Minister sir, this is YOUR ministry, its YOUR job to tackle this. via DM Android App

    Shalini Thursday, 07 February 2013 08:51 AM

    Sri Lanka Telecom group does - profits in billions for last few years according to annual reports.

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:11 AM

    Get The Service Of The Cobra Girl. She Might Be Able Drive Away The Bad Nuts

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:19 AM

    Great Snakes In Ceylon Tuckaran Buses

    Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:22 AM

    When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Gets Going

    KD Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:16 AM

    What we need is HONEST people. You can look in the mirror fist and ask your self the same question.

    JJ Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:22 AM

    SLTB is the prefered mode of transportation anywhere in the Island so long as they are available

    Minister Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:28 AM

    If you also can calculate and tell us how many CTB busses were given free of charge in the recent past for your rallies and recent demos. Did you consider them also contributory factors for the CTB losses?

    Who Cares Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:32 AM

    This is about time SL govt got to know that there is NO WAY government owned businesses can make a profit in a competitive environment.

    Pink Panther Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:29 AM

    Start from the top, As for the Mapilas.

    D. Wijesiriwardenaah Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:34 AM

    Is it only the SLTB that has vipers for inmates. What about the rest.

    sobers Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:26 AM

    Why don't you atleast introduce SHARIA LAW, for corruption. Public lashes, and more ,we can recruit some saudis. Punishment is the best way. Inquiries, half salary- interdiction will never work as our system is out dated.

    ANTON Thursday, 07 February 2013 05:49 AM

    YOU ALL ARE MAPILLAS , SUCKING BLOOD FROM POOR PEOPLE.

    leel Thursday, 07 February 2013 11:04 AM

    Mapila is a blood sucking animal. This minister does not know even that. Employees of SLTB describe you as Mapila, not because your are good hornets person, you suck the blood of SLTB and they are sure that it will die very soon.

    perera Saturday, 09 February 2013 01:54 AM

    the whole mr administration need a million mapillas to stop corruption and graft starting from the very top.

    perera Saturday, 09 February 2013 02:10 AM

    i think you are in the wrong country. this is sri lanka and we do not have such barbaric laws.


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