Sep 08, 2017

Dhammika Ranatunga drew five salaries in full! Featured

Port and petroleum workers accuse Dhammika of having acted in violation of the public enterprise circular and caused a massive financial loss to the state during the period he was chairman of the Ports Authority (SLPA).

In a letter to president Maithripala Sirisena, they claim Ranatunga had received the full allowances as the SLPA chief as well as for his positions in four other affiliate institutions too.

The other positions were as the chairma and board member of JCT Ltd., SLPMCS Ltd., MPMC Ltd. and Research Institute of Shipping and Aviation Ltd.

Ranatunga had violated the circular PED/03/2015 signed by Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga and issued on 17.06.2015 that specifies allowances for chairmen, executive and non-executive directors and observers of state institutions and affiliates.

Its clause four says an official could draw the full salary from the first institution, but 50 per cent from the second and 25 pc from the third.

Given below is the circular

Ranatunga was the SLPA chairman and director board member from 15 October 2015 to May 2017.

He had breached the condition 2.4 and clause 2.5 and drew full salaries for five positions as the chairman and director, and also the condition 2.11.

The condition 2.8 says if any change in the allowances should be approved by the subject minister on recommendation by the line minister.

However, he had had no such approval or recommendation for his allowances and privileges.

Also, as the national policies and economic affairs minister, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued guidelines for qualification to sit as a chairman or a director of institutions coming under the ministry, one of which is a degree from a recognized university and fulfillment of professional qualifcations.

However, Ranatunga does not have at least the GCE Advanced Level qualification.

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