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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has yesterday vehemently protested against the Cabinet paper presented by Minister Ravi Karunanayake requesting for Rs 364 million from the Treasury to shift the Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development to another location.

On an earlier occasion when this Cabinet paper was presented, the Minister of Finance had raised his objections.

Yesterday at the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, this proposal was discussed and Minister Mangala Samaraweera had vehemently opposed it.

This Cabinet paper suggests that the Ministry of Power, now located in a rented out premises at Ananda Coomeraswamy Mawatha Colombo, be shifted to a rented out premises in Nawam Mawatha Colombo.

When this paper was taken up for discussion, the Finance Minister expressed his views while refusing to grant funds for this move, stating that a decision had been taken not to spend on new offices. 

Therefore, he cannot agree to the proposal he said. In reply, Minister Karunanayake had said that due to the present building in which the Ministry is housed not having sufficient space, it was proposed to shift it to a new place. (Ajantha Kumara Agalakada)

  Comments - 22

  • Blackwater Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:43 AM

    Pent house man is hell bent on making maximum money and commissions.he wiil be on the Forbes list as No.1

    could finance what this time ? Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:59 AM

    Rs 364.000.000/- times x/100 will be interesting figure to know, ! ! (note - x is a negotiable market rate)

    slay Wednesday, 24 July 2019 11:14 AM

    Why does the PM appoint such rogues as Ministers. He was caught red handed by getting Perpetual Treasuries to pay his lease and eventually purchase a penthouse for him at Monarch Residences. Now he wants to shift the Power Ministry to one his friends building thereby obtaining a huge commission.

    Lion Wednesday, 24 July 2019 11:18 AM

    Very good .He could ask for help from Aloysius as Aloysius did for his penthouse.

    Sri Wickrema Wednesday, 24 July 2019 12:05 PM

    Born thief.

    Sando Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:05 PM

    All a big sham. Shameful era in the country to say the least.

    Yehiya Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:40 PM

    Use the technology

    Anura Hettiarachchi Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:44 PM

    Pulse of the people is seemed to have felt by the Finance Minister. Keep it up.

    Mann Wednesday, 24 July 2019 03:35 PM

    Didn't you read the whole story. The burden falls on us the LECO customers.

    Nimal Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:50 PM

    Aney!! Why? Aren't we here to pay any amount of money for politicians to play around with?

    Nimal Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:52 PM

    Did the FM protest in the same way when millions were immediately approved and paid for an empty building in Rajagiriya for years?

    june macpagal Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:55 PM

    Again he is trying his tricks in making a commission by renting another building. This guy should be sacked from the Party and sent home. He is a No one thief robbing tax payers money.

    SL Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:55 PM

    Hope Colombo idiots will not send this robber to parliament in next election since he is master RW can not send him home even after caught in read hand.What a pathetic state we are living in.

    RAVI the RASCAL Wednesday, 24 July 2019 01:59 PM

    Good move . Ravi K is a known culprit . For sure DEALdasa also must be in the DEAL . What a shame ! .

    De Silva Wednesday, 24 July 2019 02:22 PM

    No shame thick skin fellow.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 24 July 2019 02:30 PM

    Weldone FM, good decision

    Gihan Wednesday, 24 July 2019 02:52 PM

    Well done Mangala; someone needs to stand up to this shameless rogue!

    Neville Wednesday, 24 July 2019 02:52 PM

    There was a search for men with back bone. Here is one !

    Truth Wednesday, 24 July 2019 02:56 PM

    I dont know why UNP is tolerating rogues like this... He robbed openly and no sooner appointed again brought in a controversial tender and robbed there too. Shameless politician,,,,

    Neville Wednesday, 24 July 2019 02:56 PM

    There was hue and cry for politicians with back bone. Here is one !

    Leelananda Pilanawithana Wednesday, 24 July 2019 03:11 PM

    Yesterday he was booed at party meeting and didn't allow him to talk, but they are too late that party is buond to be doom at any future election.

    Roshanaly Thursday, 25 July 2019 03:56 PM

    He kept in the Party and given the Ministry,because he knows how to rob and fund the party with some amount.

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