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Govt.ensures full transparency: Minister Madduma Bandara

The Good Governance Government has no need to conceal any document including the Hambantota Port Concessionary Agreement, Public Administration and Management Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said.

He said that it was the previous government that concealed the content of the agreements. “Now anybody has access to those details of agreements as this government passed the Right to Information Bill,” the Minister said.

“This government passed the Right to Information Bill as it accepted that information should not be concealed from the public as it is a right of the people”.

He also said that all development projects of the government are done within the existing legal framework with utmost transparency.

“The practice of keeping Parliament informed on the details of agreements and other critical matters was brought about by the government elected on January 8,2015,” he said.

The Minister was responding to a statement made by UPFA Parliamentarian Chamal Rajapaksa that the Hambantota Port Concessionary Agreement has not been referred to the Parliamentary Oversight Committee.

Minister Maddumabandara also said that it was the previous government that did not reveal any information to Parliament on the Chinese Involvement into the Hambantota Development Project as well as the details of marine economy development, port development and industrial zone development projects which commenced then,despite the requests made by United National Party members to divulge them.

In the meantime, government sources said all information related to the Hambantota Port and Industrial Zone would be presented to Parliament and even facilitate a special debate if necessary. The sources also said tha tthe Preliminary agreement on Chinese involvement in Hambantota Development had been made in 2012. The agreement for marine economy, Port Development and industrial zone were signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Sri Lanka in May 2014. 


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