Interim report on SriLankan Airlines by Mar. 15

by Randima Attygalle

The interim report of the probe into alleged irregularities and abuse of power by the management of SriLankan Airlines is expected by March 15, the media spokesman for the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Thameera Manju said on Friday. The final report of the committee headed by senior lawyer J.C. Weliamuna and three others is due on March 30.

The spokesman said the committee is "completely independent and totally free of political interference - so much so we cannot even comment on the progress of the investigation."

Weliamuna said that the investigations are being carried out and he is not in a position to comment on the response of SriLankan employees to a notice calling for information with an assurance of confidentiality.

An ‘urgent notice’ sent to all employees of the Sri Lankan Airlines, requested submission of ‘vital information directly to the Board of Inquiry.’ It has provided a postal address, an email address and a mobile number of the Board of Inquiry with the assurance that ‘no staff member will be subjected to any form of victimization by disclosing such information to the Board of Inquiry.’

It further says that ‘any staff member who wishes to meet the Board of Inquiry may seek a personal appointment by phone or by a request made to the above email address.’ The notice had assured confidentiality of such disclosed information.

An airline official, responding to a claim that some employees had not received this emailed notice, said that the notification was sent to all staff members of the airline provided an official email. Certain employees such as ground staff with no access to an email account were informed through notices displayed in their respective departments.

"There are certain departments with one group email account and for the benefit of staff members on group email accounts, we made notices available in all departments," he said. If any employee entitled to an official email had not received it, this may be due to a ‘full inbox’ issues.

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