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No payments made for constructions at UNP HQ - SEC official

An official of the State Engineering Corporation (SEC) has revealed that the services of the institution had been obtained for some constructions at the UNP headquarters ‘Sirikotha’ during the previous Yahapalana regime and that no payment had been made so far.

He had made the revelation during a discussion with the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on the current situation of the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka at Temple Trees on Thursday.

“Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the discussion  had ordered the relevant officials to revitalise the State Engineering Corporation which is incurring losses due to inefficient management and misuse of funds by the previous Good Governance Government,” the Prime Ministers Media Division said.

It was revealed at the meeting that during the previous Good Governance Government, a number of projects have been implemented arbitrarily through the State Engineering Corporation and billions of rupees owed to them have not yet been recovered by the Corporation.

The officials had pointed out that a crisis had arisen in the State Engineering Corporation due to the previous government granting unqualified appointments and promotions.

Officials had said that the Corporation had faced difficulties after the previous Government stopped a number of development projects initiated by Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President.

It was revealed that the C City Shopping Complex in Peliyagoda was just one such abandoned project.

Activities of the shopping complex were recently recommenced under the supervision of Minister of State for Rural Industries and Construction and Building Material Industry Promotion Indika Anuruddha and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister Yoshitha Rajapaksa on the orders of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister said that in revitalising the State Engineering Corporation, a common decision would be taken through discussions to start projects that have been stalled so far and the relevant departments would be informed about the necessary financial assistance.

The trade union representatives appreciated the positive response received from the Prime Minister at this meeting.

Minister Gamini Lokuge, Minister of State Indika Anuruddha, Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini Senarath, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Chaminda Kularatne, Secretary to the State Ministry of Rural Housing and Construction Development and Building Materials Development Keerthi Ranjith Abeysiriwardena, State Engineering Corporation Chairman Rathnasiri Kalupahana and a group of officials representing the heads of state enterprises and the trade unions of the Engineering Corporation were present.



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