30 local bodies go hi-tech to contain corruption


Ministers Faizer Musthapa and Harin Fernando at the inauguration of the new project.

The inauguration ceremony to launch the e-local Government Network initiative was held last Monday (29) at the Lotus Hall, BMICH with the participation of Minister of Provincial Councils & Local Government Faiszer Musthapha, and Minister of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando as Chief Guests. 

Speaking at the event Minister Faiszer Musthapha said it was a step towards eliminating corruption and malpractices within Local Authorities, with the system being introduced to 30 local bodies countrywide. He mentioned that while Ministers exercise their executive authority through the Secretary of the Ministry and while the President exercises his authority through his Secretary, it was finally the Chairman or the Mayor of the Local Government Authority, who has to directly carry out that authority, and hence the reason why the Political Authority had to limit itself to Policy decisions. The Minister said that after the new political authority was elected to office, proper decisions would be taken without giving into bureaucracy. 

 Musthapha commended Minister Harin Fernando and the ICTA for their role in this pivotal project.

 Those present at the event included the Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, Harin Fernando, Secretary to the Ministry of Provincial Councils & Local Government H.T. Kamal Pathmasiri,  Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure Vasantha Deshapriya, Chairman Information and Communication Technology Agency | ICTA Chitrangani Mubarak and officials of the Ministries.

 The list of the Local Authorities where this system will be implemented is given below Ja-ela UC,  SJ Kotte MC, Kalutara UC, Beruwala UC, Boralesgamuwa UC, Horana UC, Badulla MC, Bandarawela MC, Buttala PS, Karachchi PC (Kilinochchi), Puthukudirippu PS, Valikamam South PS, Embilipitiya PS, Nuwara Eliya PS, Kegalle UC, Wariyapola PS, Naththandiya PS, Kuliyapitiya UC, Rambawa PS, Thamankaduwa PS, Matale PS, Pujapitiya PS, Kattankudy UC, Sammanthurai PS, Vavuniya UC, Mannar UC, Trincomalee UC, Bope-Poddhala PS, Akuressa PS and Beliatta PS.

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