PM to scrap Cabinet sub-committee on FCID

By Saman Indrajith

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday told Parliament that he would abolish the cabinet sub-committee that established the Financial Crimes Investigation Division.

Responding to a question raised by UPFA Kandy District MP Keheliya Rambukwella during the third reading stage debate on budget 2017, the Prime Minister said the Cabinet subcommittee had not met for nearly one year and, therefore, it would be abolished.

MP Rambukwella said the Cabinet of Ministers had appointed a cabinet subcommittee which later established the FCID. The FCID received instructions from the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe:

The subcommittee has not met for nearly one year. All the complaints received by the secretariat on fraud and corruption have been handed over to the FCID and the CID. The secretariat could send the complaints to the police.

Rambukwella: The committee has not met, but PM’s office is sending instructions to the FCID.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe: I have not given instructions; nor has my office. We published a gazette so that complaints received could be referred to the police. Therefore we will abolish the subcommittee and let the Secretariat continue."

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