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CEB Chairman apologises over COPE blunder

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman M. M. C. Ferdinando yesterday apologised over a comment he made at the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) in Parliament on Friday regarding the proposed Renewable Energy Projects by India’s Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL).

Writing to the COPE Committee, Ferdinando issued the following statement: “In regard to the clarification made by me at the COPE meeting held on June 10 in replying to the allegation made against me on the proposed Mannar and Pooneryn Wind and Solar Project with AGEL to generate renewable energy of 500 MW, I explained the circumstances behind the issuance of my letter dated November 25, 2021.

“During this discussion I became so emotional due to pressures and unreasonable allegations levelled against me to issue this official letter of request. Therefore due to unexpected pressure and emotions I was compelled without limitation to express the word “India agamathi balakarana bawa kiwwa” (stressed by the Indian Prime Minister) which is totally incorrect. Hence I wish to withdraw the relevant statement and record my apology unconditionally.”

On Saturday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa via a tweet denied Ferdinando’s comment at the COPE meeting. “I categorically deny authorisation to award this project to any specific person or entity. I trust responsible communication in this regard will follow,” the President tweeted.

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