Nilwala project: A whopping Rs. 4,012 mn missing

By Lalith Chaminda and S. K. Kaluarachchi

Galle Correspondents

President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a meeting in Galle on Saturday asked whether it was wrong for the government to launch an investigation to find out what had become of a whopping Rs. 4,012 million released by the Treasury the day before the last presidential election to commence work on the Nilwala Project.

The President said the money had been released to the Secretary to the Irrigation Ministry and no one knew what had happened to it.

Elaborating on the issue, the President said: "I was able to retrieve a dossier on the project and according to it in 2012 a cheque for Rs. 1,000 million was issued to a Chinese company for the Nilwala Project while on the eve of the last Presidential election another cheque for Rs. 3012 million was released.

The President demanded to know whether public officials were empowered to release Rs. 3012 million just the day before an election.


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