Alleged move to sell state ventures irks NGOs


Anti-Corruption Front (ACF) yesterday claimed the government was planning to sell several profitable state ventures including Litro Gas, Colombo Hilton and Lanka Hospitals while delaying probes into financial corruption.

Addressing the media at ACF head office at Rajagiriya, its adviser Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said the government had still not set up Procurement Commission under the 19th Amendment, but was prepared to sell government institutions underhand.

"Litro Gas made a profit of Rs. 9 billion annually," he said, noting that the expected income from implementing VAT was Rs. 8.5 billion.

Tennakoon said they were not satisfied with the progress in government investigations into alleged corrupt deals under the previous government.

He said 500 cases had been reported to the Bribery Commission, FCID and the Presidential Commission was probing mega frauds, but only 12 cases had been filed so far. Files on another 52 cases were stuck in the Attorney General’s Department, he said.

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