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Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara has proposed that a  parliamentary committee be appointed on the procurement of fuel and coal to be chaired by an opposition member.

Speaking in parliament on Monday August 29, Wijesekara said since President Ranil Wickremesinghe had said more committees be appointed, a committee on fuel and coal procurement should also be formed.

“If the opposition is to take the chairmanship of such a committee, I propose — [independent MP and former Energy Minister] Champika Ranawaka and several other MPs have said that fuel can be procured and sold at very low prices.

“As Minister of Power & Energy, I will fully support the setting up of such a committee and also ask that the opposition take up the chairmanship,” he said.

Opposition MP and Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance said his committee is already empowered to look into fuel and coal procurement.

Wijesekara responded that a committee chaired by a parliamentarian specifically on procurement would be appropriate as there is some conversation brewing in society that certain businessmen with an interest in fuel and coal are using various MPs to sling mud.

Mp de Silva said that the 19th amendment to the constitution would see the appointment of independent commissions on government procurement and it would be best if the amendment was restored. (Colombo/Aug29/2022)

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