SPC to get new board after MR’s return from Rome

Former Board members say they resigned



By Maheesha Mudugamuwa


State Resources and Enterprise Development Ministry yesterday said that the new board of directors of the Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation (SPC) would be appointed on the directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his return from Rome.


President Rajapaksa is currently in Italy on a three day visit to meet Pope Francis.


However, State Resources and Enterprise Development Ministry’s media unit yesterday quoted Minister Dayashritha Tissera, who too is currently in Rome, as having said that the new board of directors would be appointed soon after he had returned to the country.


The board of directors of SPC was dissolved on Wednesday amidst allegations of widespread corruption.


Meanwhile, reacting to our page one lead news report, headlined, "Directors sacked, SPC rudderless, Allegations of corruption," yesterday, Former SPC Executive Director Charitha Perera said that all the members of the board had resigned by forwarding the letter of resignation dated 01.10.2014, and there was no allegation of corruption except against the Acting Chairman of the Corporation involved with the said act of resignation.


Following is the full text of the letter sent by Perera:


Notice on the incorrect and defamatory statements in the Headline news


This is to bring to your immediate notice that the Headline news item carried by your Newspaper today (03.10.2014) contains false and distorted facts that are severely defamatory on my personality


Accordingly I urge as a very important and urgent matter the need to correct the following falsehood statements with equal prominence and emphasis in your newspaper; i.e.:-


The Heading: "Allegations of corruption- Directors sacked, SPC rudderless"


The said statement is completely wrong as there was no "sacking" occurred in relation to the members of the Board.


All the members of the Board resigned by forwarding the letter of resignation dated 01.10.2014, and there was no allegation of corruption (except against the Acting Chairman of SLPC) involved with the said act of resignation.


Paragraph 1: "The board of directors of Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation dissolved on Wednesday"


This statement is wrong as there was no dissolution of the Board of Directors that took place as the Board members voluntarily resigned as aforesaid.


Paragraph 2: The Resources and Enterprise Development Minister... Ordered the dissolution of the board in view of alleged corruption. This statement is wrong as the Minister did not dissolve the Board as his own action upon any allegation of corruption.


Paragraph 3: "The Minister took the decision..."


This statement is wrong as the Minister did not take any decision to dissolve the Board at the discussion referred to therein.


Paragraph 4: I deny the allegations leveled in this paragraph as they are maliciously fabricated. However there is no ‘Managing Director’ functioning in SLPC. Further, the events stated in this paragraph establish the collusion between the CESU office bearers and the present Chairman of the Board.


Paragraphs 5&6":  A charge Sheet signed by SPC Chairman..."‘


This statement is wrong as no Board member was served with any charge sheet by the Chairman of SPC.


Further the person named "Dammika Jayawardene" is not the Chairman of SPC.


Paragraph 7: "The charges levelled against the Executive Director are Rs. 10 million breach of trust case, trying to misuse the signature of the former Chairman and misuse of official vehicles"


This statement is false as there was no ‘charge sheet’ served on me (the Executive Director) and there are no allegation of any of such kind had been levelled against me during the tenure of my office.


Paragraph 9: "Perera said that he had filed a Rs. 500 million defamation case against CESU Secretary


This statement is false as I have not (so-far) filed any action against the said person,


I wish to bring to your attention that the said incident was apparently perpetrated by the persons interested in securing the office of the present Acting Chairman and the General Manager against whom the Board Members requested the Minister to take firm action by our joint-letter dated 27th September 2014 (The outgoing Board members will soon release a joint communique disclosing the malicious motives of the office bearers of the CESU and obvious collusion between those persons and the present chairman in instigating the events that took place on 01.10.2014).


The Island note:


We inadvertently identified Dammika Jayawardena as the Chairman of SPC. It should be corrected as the Ceylon Estate Services Union (CESU) President.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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