Move to handover Sewanagala to Daya Gamage, alleges JVP

20 June 2019 09:37 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti today alleged that the government was planning to handover the Sewanagala and Pelwatte sugar factories to Minister Daya Gamage through the Revival of Underperforming Enterprises or Underutilised Assets (repeal) Bill. 

He told parliament that the two factories had assets amounting to Rs. 1,257 million and that 10,000 people would lose their livelihoods if they were privatised again. 

He said the two factories were brought under the treasury secretary so that they could be privatised later on. "We wonder why these two companies owned by the government were taken over by the government again. 

If there were no plans to privatise, let them be as they are now," he said. He said Sewanagala and Pelwatte sugar factories were profit-making companies and that they were paying millions of rupees to the Treasury as tax every year. 

He alleged that the UNP was planning to handover the two factories to Mr. Gamage as a gratitude to his maintaining UNP headquarters Sirikotha. "Daya Gamage is paying the electricity bills and maintaining the Sirikotha. The UNP should find other ways to collect money for elections and to cover maintenance cost of Sirikotha without putting people in danger," he said. 

Mr. Handunnetti proposed to introduce an amendment and exclude the Sewanagala and Pelwatte sugar factories from the Bill. He said they would take to the streets against this move even if the two factories were privatised. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 6

  • Parakum Thursday, 20 June 2019 09:46 PM

    Govts are not there to run businesses, if these are privatised the political parties like JVP has nothing to rant about.

    Saranga Friday, 21 June 2019 04:46 AM

    Was not this expropriated by MR from private owners anyway So giving back is basically going back to private parties which are again citizen of the country not aliens

    Dee Friday, 21 June 2019 07:02 AM

    If it's making a loss just give it away to anyone. Who cares? Why should we tax payers pay for loss making entities?

    Sambo Friday, 21 June 2019 08:11 AM

    Does this government think they can take any decision they fancy to help their members. Daya is a big rouge and moron. We beg the parliament not to allow this to go through.

    Jayanath Friday, 21 June 2019 08:37 AM

    Good. Daya is a entrepreneur who will make it profitable. On the other hand JVP cannot do their monkey business inside making the working staff fools and not giving there contribution. JVP bastards should be stopped now. They are making all work force in the country none productive

    Anmanpan Friday, 21 June 2019 08:59 AM

    I am in Singapore right now and everything operated by the private sector and a profit making enterprise. It is time the JVP realize this.


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