by Priyalal Sirisena
Transparency International Sri Lanka Chapter is
to launch their new programme against corruption in Tsunami
reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka. The programme aims to
collect details of Tsunami-related corruption and channel them
to the relevant authorities for further action.
At a press conference held this week, the
officials of TISL said that they hoped to visit the Tsunami
affected areas and meet people who wished to make complaints
whilst gathering more information. They expect the public to
inform them of any incidents related to corruption in the
Tsunami reconstruction process.
The project would be implemented for a period of
five months. The first month has been allocated for collecting
public complaints. TISL officials will meet the people of the
affected areas through public forums in Hambantota, Matara,
Galle, Kalutara and Colombo. All evidence will be analysed to
get a perspective of corruption patterns in Tsunami recovery
process. Complaints against corruption which warrant prosecution
will be forwarded to the relevant authorities such as the
Ministry of Public Administration, Bribery Commission, Auditor
Generalís Department and Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau.
The complaints are expected to be lodged through
hot-line 011-5627432 or be sent through fax to 011-2592287. The
complaints can also be posted to No. 28/1, Bullerís Lane,
Colombo 07, or to the e-mail address email@example.com.