The UNP yesterday accused the government of destroying unused tsunami relief material that has been lying in storage for over ten months.
UNP Member of Parliament Gamini Lokuge told a press conference that stocks of material such as medicine and foodstuff that were given by the foreign donors which have not been used have been burnt by the government to show the public that no misdeeds have been committed.
He promised to hold inquiries into these incidents once the UNP forms a government on November 17.
?We will definitely form a government on November 17 after the presidential elections and we will hold an inquiry into these incidents? he said.
Mr. Lokuge said that stocks of relief material that were in Ambalantota, Moneragala, and Hambantota have been burnt recently. According to him the government had spent Rs 10,000 per container. Quoting Government officials he said that these were destroyed as the expiry date has been passed.
?This shows that the authorities have not kept proper records on the material when they were stored. ?If they maintain records they should have distributed the material before they expire,? he explained.
?The Auditor General reported recently that out of the total tsunami relief funds only 13.5% have been utilized while there have not been enough storage facilities and the government is trying to hide this truth? he added.
He pointed out that no other country or a donor agency will help Sri Lanka if the government acts in an irresponsible manner.