Ravi proposes Cabinet to resolve the dispute

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Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake in a Cabinet paper has proposed to the Cabinet on April 2, 2019 that the dispute between the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) should be resolved amicably without seeking legal action, informed sources said.

He had pointed out this fact after recalling and referring a cabinet decision taken on May 22, 2018 where it was decided to direct all Heads of Institutions under their purview, to desist from initiating legal proceedings against other Government Institutions, with a view to settling disputes, if any, between them.

The said cabinet decision further highlighted that such disputes should be settled through a negotiation process with the assistance of all other relevant authorities.

This cabinet decision was taken after President Maithripala Sirisena informed the Cabinet, of instances brought to his notice, where one state institution has initiated legal proceedings against another utilizing public funds, with a view to resolving a dispute between the two institutions which could have been resolved amicably by adopting other means.

The President had said that situations of this nature were not conducive to the affairs of the Government.

Sources revealed that Minister Karunanayake had reportedly asked Finance Secretary under whose purview the PUCSL falls at the Cabinet meeting held on April 2, to bring the Cabinet decision dated on May 22, 2018 to the notice of the PUCSL and inform the authorities of the PUCSL to strictly abide by the said Cabinet decision.

However, PUCSL Director Corporate Communications Jayanat Herat told the Daily Mirror that he was not aware of a cabinet paper presented by Minister Karunanayake in this April, but he was aware of the Cabinet paper in 2018,

Director Corporate Communications Herat also said that they had already filed a case against CEB for neglecting to submit certain important reports resulting a considerable factor for the recent power outages.

Accordingly, the CEB had neglected submitting reports on power interruptions, generations, power plants and water capacities on power generating tanks, etc to the Commission since May 27, 2018.

“The negligent tactic of the CEB becomes an offence under the PUCSL Act No 35 of 2002,” Mr. Herat said.

“The PUCSL filed the case under the powers vested with it as it is the regulator for government entity and responsible for policy formulation and regulation of the electric power distribution,” he added.

Nevertheless, Mr Herat said the PUCSL filed a case in the District Court of Colombo in 2018 also which they won, against CEB as it failed to pay the annual Licence Levy on six licences granted by the PUCSL amounting to Rs. 162,066,600.

Meanwhile, PUCSL lawyer Kithsiri Liyanage told the Daily Mirror that nine accused were cited in the case filed by the PUCSL, with the CEB being listed as the first accused. The other accused are CEB directors.

“If the CEB was found guilty, the Magistrate could impose a fine of not less than Rs. 10 million and not more than Rs. 100 million,” Mr. Liyanage said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 8

  • Ralahamy Friday, 19 April 2019 06:06 AM

    If CEB is found guilty, there will be massive fine. True. But who will pay the fine? Directors of CEB or the institution will plunder the Public to pay this massive fine. They will not pay from their pocket. PUCSL can generate their own income, instead of from another Govt. Dept.

    sunil vijaya Friday, 19 April 2019 06:21 AM

    kick out all top brass at CEB MAFIA and revamp the whole place with modern brain engineers who knows about renewable energy. germany and austrlia are well on the way to meet all challeges using solar energy. our MUTTS still live in the 19th century.

    jayantha suraweera Friday, 19 April 2019 06:21 AM

    You filthy hipocrit like ranil hold hands with RW and jump into the OCean worthless bastards

    Rohantha Friday, 19 April 2019 07:28 AM

    What is the use of regulatory commissions if they lack teeth to enforce the stipulated regulations State or Private.

    Solvent Friday, 19 April 2019 08:05 AM

    If the Government cannot solve a problem between two Govt. institutions, how can they solve the Country's problems?

    Citizen Friday, 19 April 2019 10:25 AM

    Electrocute the Minister!

    Saranga Friday, 19 April 2019 10:33 AM

    As if CEB is making money to pay the fine Will ultimately born by the tax payers and also no end of this power mess in SL Just as many other countries get private sector to produce and Gov in charge of regulating the industry Will thrive just as mobile sector did and no union drama and hiding and faking PAYG by CEB anymore

    GON BASS Friday, 19 April 2019 07:41 PM

    Fine paid by a Govt. institution to another . Nobody wins but the poor public will have to carry the burden . Look at developed nations and move to RENEWABLE energy with NIL input cost ! . Think SMART , plan SMART and will achive SMARTER ! .


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