Published On: Sun, Aug 21st, 2016

Rishad’s ministry secretary misuses ministry money Featured

3561d7ec049384ac3de64426e88091b9_LIndustries and commerce ministry secretary T.M.K.B. Tennakoon has ordered to pay, in breach of regulations, Rs. 31.7 million to a contractor as ministry building renovation and repair charges, ‘Sathhanda’ reports.

However, the chief accountant of the ministry has repeatedly refused to make the payment, noting that the expenses related to the said work have been incurred outside the accepted legal procedure.

Tennakoon has first ordered that Rs. 2,685,550 be paid for the renovation of minister Rishad Bathiiudeen’s official room, meeting room, guest room and the personal staff room.

The accountant refused, noting the work had been done some time ago, and that that there was a risk of his being summoned to the FCID if the payment was made.

Later, Tennakoon has informed the accountant that minister Bathiudeen’s official residence near Sirimavo Bandaranaike Girls’ School at Colombo 07 needed to be renovated.

The accountant had summoned the parties involved and prepared the tender papers.

In the meantime, Tennakoon had informed him that the renovation work had already been done by the construction arm of the CWE and that Rs. 29.1 million be released to make the payments.

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