LPBOA threatens to take grievances to IHRC

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne accused the government of not taking tangible action to eliminate corruption prevalent in the private transport regulatory bodies and warned that if action was not taken it would go to the International Human Rights Commission for redress.

The National Transport Commission (NTC), Road Passenger Transport Authorities in Western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces had ignored the Supreme Court orders and had issued illegal route permits to new bus owners without calling for tenders, he told The Island in a brief interview.

He said the LPBOA Board of Directors and its district organizers had arrived at a unanimous decision to give a two-week ultimatum to the government to sort out corrupt practices in the NTC and Road Passenger Transport Authorities in certain provinces.

The LPBOA had written to Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge to appoint a committee to probe the activities of those associations as well as the LPBOA. The activities of the LPBOA were totally transparent and accountable.

Wijeratne added that LPBOA had also decided to make a complaint on the corrupt activities and administrative lapses of the NTC, mismanagement of provincial transport ministers and ignoring of the Supreme Court orders by NTC and Provincial Transport Authorities.

He said if justice was not meted out impartially, the Association would have no alternative but to seek refuge of the International Human Rights Commission.

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