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The Litro gas company has recently called tenders for the supply of 190,000 MT of LPG.



It was a public sealed tender and as per usual procedures was not opened in front of the participants- which clearly should have been the case if transparency was to be adhered to which itself is a deviation from Government Tender procedure.

The company that supplied LPG to the Litro Gas during the last regime – a firm  ‘O... Trading’ - was said to be closely involved with a big wig of the company one Small-Balage who is now under the microscope of those probing corrupt acts.

He is said to have siphoned off millions of Dollars by adding very high freight charges for all LPG imports thereby causing undue financial pressure to all citizens of the country.

Therefore it is being said that corrupters such as the concerned firm be black listed and not allowed to quote for the current and future tender requirements at the Litro Gas. Internal sources also say although the Minister and the Chairman have changed all other management and technical staff, the financial staff remains the same inclusive of the security staff who were appointed by the Small-Balage.

It is pointed out that the gas tender is expected to be approximately U$D 120 Million. This is not something that should be taken lightly and awarded to those who should be black listed or have tried to price corner the Sri-Lankan consumer in the past.

 
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  • kumaraya Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:38 PM

    LPG prices are roughly 30% of what it was an year ago! The United States has become one of the largest exporters of LPG as well as other fossil fuels. Its a disgrace that the authorities cannot resolve this issue. What needs to be done is appoint a Technical Committee comprising of two chemists and two engineers and one accountant, all reputed men or women. Then appoint a Tender Committee comprising of five equally qualified men or women. The Chairman of the Tender Board will be the Chairman of Lithrogas, and the Chief Accountant, Chief Engineer and the Marketing Manager is present as observers. These committees are appointed by the Cabinet and given an allowance and a mandate to fulfill their tasks by a given date. This is how things were done in the (distant?) past.

    lucky Friday, 22 May 2015 11:49 AM

    Very true. workers provided information on corruption to the minister, bribery commission and Financial crime division. But no action.. Old crooks still there. God Bless Litro


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