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)