AG blasts CMC exploiting garbage into mega business at expense of hapless citizens


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe castigated the top CMC administration for its failure to solve the garbage problem.

Addressing top CMC administration at the official residence of the Mayor of Colombo, Wijesinghe alleged that garbage collection as well as disposal had been turned into mega business at the expense of the hapless people.

Wijesinghe said that the CMC had neglected its duty and should accept responsibility for the current situation. Wijesinghe alleged that the CMC would never solve the problem as it was beneficial for some to continue with the lucrative project.

Successive CMC administrations had ignored the requirement to introduce changes, he charged. Wijesinghe challenged those top CMC officials and administrators to prove any one of them worked for more than four hours. "Please work for five hours. It’ll make a big difference," Wijesinghe said, alleging that successive CMC administrations hadn’t taken tangible measures to introduce much required changes in the system to enhance and make it easier for taxpayers.

The outspoken official alleged that some institutions thrived on various projects. Some would wait for the ADB or the World Bank to fund projects to improve systems. Please address simple problems. That’ll automatically have an impact on the system. The situation will improve."

Wijesinghe condemned the latest accounts submitted to the AG’s Department. Although, the CMC had been able to improve its performance compared to previous years, the Auditor General said the latest accounts reflected the poor status of the current administration.

He also censured the administration for its failure to collect unpaid taxes amounting to millions of rupees and neglecting the need for tax revision.


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