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Udayanga recommended company as GSA for Russia

22 August 2018 08:27 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Former Sri Lankan ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga had recommended a company named Sri Lanka Limited to be appointed as General Sales Agent (GSA) for SriLankan airlines in Russia, the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka was told yesterday.

Shiromi Cooray, Manager Industrial Relations, SriLankan Airlines notified the commission that writing to the SriLankan country manager in Russia in 2011, Weeratunga has said that Sri Lanka Limited could help the country forge closer relationships with Russia and Ukraine and the company should be selected for this reason. “This is the first time that we have appointed a GSA to Russia,” she said. She also said that there had been no advertisement announcing the decision.

It was also revealed that this was a direct violation of rules formulated in 2009 which stipulates that prior to selecting a GSA, SriLankan should conduct a market survey of a new territory and call for applications through advertisements in newspapers and SriLankan websites and also hold a legal and financial review.

"There had been no interview process to select a suitable company and there has been no legal or financial review during this process," she said.

She also informed the Commission that although the then CEO, Kapila Chandrasena had recommended Sri Lanka Limited, according to the 2009 rule manual the CEO does not have the authority to appoint a GSA.

"Chandrasena had also extended the agreement in 2015, again violating the rules appearing in the 2009 manual, for another three years, however the GSA terminated the agreement in 2015 after SriLankan stopped direct flights to Russia," she said. (Yoshitha Perera)

  Comments - 11

  • L C A Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:04 AM

    This government is so expert in finding all the details with facts and figures, but not the culprits !

    Ceylon Wednesday, 22 August 2018 01:52 PM

    Want to know tgecteason????.go to sirisena built 290 million home for in maharagama for his thug son.thats the reason no action.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:23 AM

    I operate a small company and need to get approved from the board to even hire a driver. No wonder Srikankan air nose dived. Do not worry, Ranil Mama will sort it out.

    Srilankan Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:56 AM

    In October Russian air line Aeroflot will begin regular direct flights Moscow Colombo Moscow.

    kukula Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:01 AM

    One big family owned business of the Rajapaksha.

    Arnold Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:18 AM

    When are we going to get the stolen billions back?

    Ceylon Wednesday, 22 August 2018 01:53 PM

    Allready got.not the people but the present rulers.

    Jaliya Wednesday, 22 August 2018 03:18 PM

    Keep praying .... there is no hope of getting stolen money back. A thief will always protect another thief it is simple as that !!

    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:51 PM

    Although just an ambassador what a power he has been enjoying since he is connected to the former president! Isn't this called corruption? Dirty isn't it?

    Ceylon Wednesday, 22 August 2018 01:44 PM

    This man must be in jail decade ago but still dancing around. because corruptsena is president.before protected by mahinda now protecting by sirisena.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 23 August 2018 10:56 AM

    It was good that the regime was changing before Udayanga Weeratunga could arrange the sale of Ilyushin passenger planes to SriLankan.


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