Dec 05, 2016

FCID misled President over Nilwala mega deal? Featured

There is strong suspicion that the FCID has provided only partly-true information to president Maithripala and misled him over the Nilwala river project, a government minister told Sri Lanka Mirror.

He blamed it on negligence for a massive amount of money being left unspent after minister Gamini Vijith Vijayamuni Soyza submitted papers to the cabinet on 07 June this year.

Based on information given him by the FCID, president Sirisena said in Galle recently that Rs. 4,200 million allotted for the project towards the end of the Rajapaksa regime was unaccounted for.

The third paragraph of page two of the cabinet paper makes it clear that permission had been obtained for the contract agreement from the attorney general on 31 April 2014.

Advance payment?

The fourth paragraph of page two says approval had been given on 07 January 2015 to pay a Rs. 450 million, or five per cent, advance to the company involved.

The company had not been advised by the irrigation and water resources management ministry to proceed with the project in view of the advance payment not being made in full and also owing to the political changes in the country.

President’s loyalists

At the time, the subject minister was Nimal Siripala de Silva.

After the government change, Duminda Dissanayake held the portfolio, until incumbent Soyza took over.

All are from the SLFP faction of president Sirisena.

Cabinet approval given

Reports say cabinet approval has been given to handover the resumption of the project to China’s CAMC Engineering.

Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a statement calling for an immediate investigation into the allegation made by president Sirisena.

The opposition wants the then subject minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to give an explanation.

The cabinet paper in question: