Committee on Reforms and Monitoring:
Internal mechanism to tackle corruption needed - S/DIG

Corrupt public sector officials are having a time of their lives…

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Senior DIG Gamini Navaratne says special measures are necessary to tackle waste, corruption and irregularities in the police department. He asserts that an internal mechanism can be of immense use to combat corruption.

In a post-war era, combating corruption should be a priority, Navaratne says. A special committee appointed by IGP Mahinda Balasuriya is in the process of reviewing relevant issues, including what he called an anti-corruption methodology.

In a brief interview with The Island, S/DIG Navaratne said that the police needed to be reformed urgently to meet new challenges. Now that the LTTE had been eradicated, the police could concentrate on other tasks, he said, emphasising that the recently appointed high powered Committee on Reforms and Monitoring was tasked with making recommendations aimed at strengthening the department.

IGP Balasuriya appointed S/DIG Navaratne Chairman of the Committee with S/DIG Jayantha Gamage his Deputy.

S/DIG Navaratne acknowledged that the department hadn’t upgraded crime prevention techniques as well as crime supervisory methods.


The Reforms Committee comprises DIGs, Asoka Wijetilleke, Lalith Jayasinghe, Jagath Abeysiriwardene, Sisira Mendis, Anura Senanayake, Nandana Munasinghe, Ravi Wijegoonewardene, Tilak Wijegoonewardene and SSPs/SPs, Ajith Wickremasekera, Bernard de Silva, Gamini Dissanayake, M. Dool, Ravi Vaidyalankara, Erik Perera, Gamini Mathurata, W.R. Jayalath, Prishantha Jayakody, Deshabandu Tennakoon, T. C. A. Dhanapala and ASPs, A.A. M. P. Panamaldeniya and J. Balagalle.

S/DIG Navaratne said that those failing to adhere with police headquarters instructions would be severely dealt with. He said that the Reforms and Monitoring Committee would visit police stations unannounced to conduct checks.

An authoritative police official told The Island that internal measures to tackle waste, corruption and irregularities were necessary. But nothing could be as important as re-activating the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption. The official said that for want of Bribery Commission, a section of the public sector, including the police had been acting in violation of basic rules and regulations.

Responding to a query, the official said that though several corrupt government officials had been arrested on criminal charges it wouldn’t be an easy task to convict them. Had they been investigated on charges of bribery, the situation would have been different, he said. The official said that the government should take immediate measures to revive the Bribery Commission in line with the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

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