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WP Governor halts importing of chairs worth Rs.640,000 each

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Western Province Governor Hemakumara Nanayakkara has suspended the Western Provincial Council's (WPC) move to import 104 chairs for councillors, each at a cost of Rs. 640,000.

Earlier, JVP Council member Lakshman Nipuna Arachchi said some 104 chairs, each costing Rs.650,000, had been reportedly ordered from abroad for the chamber of the new WPC building.

Meanwhile, WP Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said the price of a chair is Rs.640,000 and not Rs.650,000 as claimed by Councillor Nipuna Arachchi. The Chief Minister said they would go ahead and make the purchase.

The Governor yesterday suspended the move following a request by Councillor  Nipuna Arachchi.

  Comments - 29

  • Dee Sunday, 12 August 2018 10:52 AM

    Now that it is highlighted on newspapers, HE will for sure stop it on Monday morning.

    Waco Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:08 AM

    Are these people normal or some thing wrong with mentally?

    Saradiel Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:18 PM

    They are definitely mentally sick. Worse is, no words for foolish people who vote to them. A future Ethiopia for sure.

    GC Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:48 PM

    I agree with you. Even when the CM corrects the figure by Rs 10,000, as if to find fault with Nipuna Aarachi, by saying each costs Rs 640,000 and not 650,000 shows the mentality of the rulers. What made the CM think Rs 640,000 justifies the price while Rs 650,000 does not?

    ANTON Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:28 AM


    Shocked Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:48 AM

    Even an electronic massage chair is less ( around 350-400,000). What kind of madness is this? With Taxpayers money? The chairs should cost maximum around 2-3 million Please buy locally instead.. you can get some lovely chairs in the Moratuwa area for a fraction of the cost. Over 60 million rupees for a bunch of chairs is just not an acceptable expense to the taxpayer

    Samson Sunday, 12 August 2018 11:49 AM

    Some mental problem with Councillors. We had a educated governor who came to the rescue of the public at the last moment.

    Sumane Sunday, 12 August 2018 12:13 PM


    Blackwater Sunday, 12 August 2018 12:32 PM

    It is better he orders plastic chairs so they will know what the general masses live and suffer.these guys live in high comfort and donothing

    ANTON Sunday, 12 August 2018 12:34 PM


    predictor Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:10 PM

    There are a so many schools with out proper chair to sit for students in srilanka. how irresponsible western chief minister who says they orded chair not for 650000 but only for 640000. via DM Android App

    stardust Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:19 PM

    yes the best would be to import electric chairs. via DM Android App

    Rodney Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:15 PM

    These idiots are not worried about the country n the people send donkeys HOME

    Karu Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:17 PM

    Donkeys at not that stupid. These guys are parasites with no sense of shame to enjoy public money

    Thanos Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:29 PM

    Again, what kind of magical chairs are these? You can get a comfortable executive chair for less than 50,000 inclusive of VAT.

    Bala Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:29 PM

    What a stupid reply from the WPC CM. They cost 640,000 not 650,000. Ha Ha. Should not there be a criminal charge called attempted misuse of public funds under public propert act - like attempted murder - same scenery in both.

    Mandy Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:31 PM

    Thank you JVP MP Nipuna Arachi for your great exposure and preventing tax ayer money being squandered by these rascals.

    Gamaya Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:42 PM

    Most of Western Council Members are uneducated and from very poor families. So once they become council members they wants to get all facilities. This is common in everywhere.

    Waco Sunday, 12 August 2018 02:56 PM

    These Provincial Councils, do they have a Purchasing policy in place?

    Jaliya Sunday, 12 August 2018 03:06 PM

    WP Chief Minister Isura Devapriya needs to be investigated for corruption. He seems to be thoroughly familiar with the pricing ... in fact he seems to be the only one who knows the exact cost. Chief Minister, I can save you several million give me the honor to import the chairs at 95,000/= each delivered to each office and I will still make more than a simple profit margin ... this is a genuine and honest deposition. Over 57M LKR savings can you take this challenge ?

    Will Sunday, 12 August 2018 03:48 PM

    More than 50% is commission,definitely they understand to pay more than 50% if order cancelled,no way they will sit on this chairs

    Sambo Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:04 PM

    I don't think these goons butts are worth so much. They should be given mats to sit on. We have seen how they act in these officers during protests.

    Dhaya Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:33 PM

    Will they purchase a chair for 640,000 for their house. They dont care, its our money they are paying around.

    Harini Sunday, 12 August 2018 04:38 PM

    While a member of the JVP had to highlight this ridiculous extravagance, what were all the other people's representatives of the WP council and the national government MPs doing? The high-handed arrogance of the Chief Minister of WP to state that it was in fact Rs.640,000 and not Rs.650,000 per chair. Governor, please, sack these guys! This callous arrogance seems to be the direction Sri Lanka is moving. Don't turn a blind eye to this impunity. Well done to the media for highlighting this.

    Dee Sunday, 12 August 2018 05:45 PM

    Looks like not only the elite fall for marketing gimmicks of so called famous brands.

    Martin Milton Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:07 PM

    Great news. I would strongly support the numerous comments condemning this extremely stupid exercise to import such chairs. As someone has commented are these 'Pandupul Aasana?' All these good for nothing members of this WP Council bar this honourable JVP Councillor need to be given their 'marching orders' please. ASAP. Can / would the Governor please sack them all and order fresh elections?? MM

    WTF Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:31 PM

    These morons should be given the Electric Chair used for capital punishment!

    WTF Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:34 PM

    Just like the Mayor of Colombo spending up millions of taxpayer funds on refurbishing her toilet.

    Bhanuka Monday, 13 August 2018 03:50 PM

    CM should resign for making such a decision. Either he is thoroughly corrupted or ignorant or both.

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