Feb 22, 2017

Procedural violation alleged in ICTA CEO’s appointment Featured

The Anti Corruption Front says the state procurement procedure has been violated in appointing a chief executive officer for ICTA.

ACF chairman Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera told the media in Colombo today (22) that they would seek clarifications from the president with regard to the appointment.

The procedure of this particular appointment was different to the previous CEO appointment, he charged.

An extension of his tenure is due on 03 March 2017.

Started under the science and technology ministry and the presidential secretariat with World Bank funding, the ICTA presently comes under the purview of the telecommunications and digital infrastructure ministry.

Any enrollment, including that of the CEO, to the institution should be done as per the individual consultant hiring process only.

http://www.treasury.gov.lk/ en/web/guest/consulting- services-manual-november-2007

The manual’s 23 and 24 pages describe how that should be done.

An individual consultant enrollment with a contract exceeding Rs. five million should be referred to the ministry procurement committee.

That had not been done in the enrollment of the present CEO.

His monthly salary is around Rs. 750,000 and the two previous CEOs had been appointed through the ministry procurement committee as the two-year contract salary exceeded Rs. five million.

The ACF questions the government as to why the proper procedure was not followed in the enrollment of the incumbent, and as such, his appointment could be deemed illegal.

ACF consultant Keerthi Tennakoon and Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe also attended the media briefing.