Jan 02, 2017

CaFFE urges president to stop coal tender Featured

CaFFE today (02) wrote to president Maithripala Sirisena, urging him to cancel the corrupt coal purchasing tender that is due to come into force next week.

It has previously informed him in writing too, that serious irregularities had taken place in awarding the tender.

‘The Sunday Times’ reported yesterday that the Auditor General’s Department will state in its report on the controversial coal tender that the deal had cost the government billions of rupees in losses.

The report is expected to be presented to Parliament and will reveal that the losses were in excess of Rs 3.9 billion.

CaFFE executive director Keerthi Tennakoon observes in the letter that the procedure followed during the tenure of Champika Ranawaka as the power and emergency minister was devoid of problems and ensured a supply at low cost.

This tender will lose a massive amount of money to the country in 2017 too, while allowing a handful of state officials to abuse public money, it says.

It claims the loss under the present government so far is Rs. 3.9 billion, and requests the president to take appropriate steps to prevent this national crime.

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