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Private Transport Minister C.B. Ratnayake said yesterday that a cabinet paper had been submitted to bring all school vans under the purview of the Ministry instead of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) which the Minister believed had exceeded its mandate by collecting funds from school vans.

Minister Ratnayake said school vans should be registered under the National Transport Commission (NTC) and not the NCPA which he said had only the responsibility of ensuring the well-being and protection of the children and not the capacity to collect funds from school vans at the time they were registered with the NCPA.

He said the NCPA which issued a levy of Rs. 150 and Rs. 200 to school vans had collected Rs. 1.8 million from school vans that transported children to school.

However NCPA officials said the government had already implemented a system under which school vans were registered with the NCPA and said it would continue to register them. NCPA Chief Anoma Dissanayake said 7,000 school vans had been registered under the programme launched by the NCPA. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • Madhawa,S. Tuesday, 02 October 2012 07:04 AM

    Why this regulation now? Market forces well manage it without any problem without corruption and bribe. Motor Traffic Act and Child protection act use for vehicle safety and child protection without making too expensive systems by adding registration fees and bribe for them.

    benhur Tuesday, 02 October 2012 07:23 AM

    What about the luxury private cars used by crooks like you and others ..have the authority collected relevant taxes ? All back to the poor citizens bokka .... Ane Lankawta Goya kala ...Janapthi sap...

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:06 AM

    So this whole idea of registration is not to look after the children's welfare but to collect some money, as is always the case with this type of institutions.

    podi malli Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:16 AM

    please stop them charging van fees during school holidays...as if they just park their vans without hiring during holidays...or may be part of that money goes to the relevant minister that's why they are silent on that...isn't it quite possible...?

    podi malli Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:20 AM

    in a situation where government politicians are involved with child abuse cases...can we trust a ministry for the security of our children...? not only a small girl even a small boy cannot be sent out with a politician these days...

    podi malli Tuesday, 02 October 2012 08:41 AM

    PROTECTION FOR OUR CHILDREN...? BY A MINISTRY...? OMG...with the present situation can we send our small girls out with a politician...? i don't think even a small boy can be sent out like that....OMG i just can't believe this...

    Hal Monday, 01 October 2012 09:05 PM

    Everything is a mess. The reason, too many cooks spoil the soup.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 02 October 2012 01:18 AM

    Shouldn't the safety of the children be the priority instead of who gets the money? Finally when a proper monitoring system is being implemented, red-tape threatens to drown it.

    Fazli Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:17 AM

    In present days 'Protocols' dominate the world

    senavi Tuesday, 02 October 2012 02:59 AM

    How about two ministries - one for Private bus and one for private cars

    Anu Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:24 AM

    Yeah, very true.

    Raj Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:31 AM

    So the Transport Ministry collects the 1.8 million but the NCPA has to look after children. Seem the Transport ministry looking for the money only.

    LankanFellow1com Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:28 AM

    Minister was not bothered with the child safety and protection until he saw the amount of money collected as levy... Now they want this too.

    Another Mervyn Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:55 AM

    Yumm.. yumm.. another opportunity to make some money - thank you NCPA

    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:35 AM

    Registration is important.
    Now the Private Transport Ministry can collect the fund
    by hook or by crook.

    Hiran Jayaratne Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:59 AM

    Wonder of Asia!! :)) When someone tries to do something good for the country and wellbeing of the future generation, then comes a political goon who tries to defy it.

    So Mr Minister, Please tell me, Why didnt your ministry which is so concerned lookout for the wellbeing of the children? why didnt you implement a system to trackdown the school vans?
    Why all of a sudden you are so concerned about registering the school vans??

    for a change, try to think some smart idea for yourself without stealing them!!

    suresh Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:59 AM

    Head doesnt know what the tail is doing

    Rif Tuesday, 02 October 2012 04:21 AM

    always hit poor people any how


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