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Expert panel to probe fraud in Power Ministry

Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday there will be a panel of five experts including representatives from several civil society organisations to examine shortcomings, fraud and corruption especially in the Power and Energy Ministry and its affiliated agencies.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo yesterday, the Minister said they will also get the opportunity to probe various malpractices and irregularities taking place in the institutions under the purview of the Ministry.

“I will consider their reports based on their investigations,” he said.

“This is a new sector for me. But these challenges are not problems for me at all. This sector is always criticised for various issues. But we are ready to accept justified and fair criticisms,” the Minister said.

“We will not increase the electricity rates even though the CEB is incurring losses heavily. However, even if we have to obtain emergency power, that will also be done in a transparent manner,” he said.

“Plans are afoot to increase the power generation by 100 percent in the future. Our experts including the CEB engineers have submitted a long-term plan which has already been approved by thePublic Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL). We expect to work according to a plan,” Minister Karunanayake said.

According to the plan, one-third of power will be generates from coal power, while another one-third will come from renewable energy.

The rest will be generated from liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Minister said.

National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) President Ranjith Vithanage said he is grateful to the Minister for giving him and several other civil society organisation representatives the opportunity to probe fraud and corruption taking place in the Power and Energy Ministry and its affiliated agencies.


 

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