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Merry times for tsunami racketeers
By Shamindra Ferdinando
Publication Date: 26-12-2006
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Even two years after the tsunami, the government is yet to punish State officials accountable for waste, corruption and negligence in the aftermath of the unprecedented natural disaster.
Inquiries reveal that the government has failed to initiate action against them despite clear evidence of wasteful expenditure on a large scale. Politicians have connived with officials to help their supporters play out funds and in some cases, further the interests of their associates. They have profited from crooked deals involving cooked meals, hiring of vehicles and compensation for damaged and destroyed houses.
The ruling coalition has ignored an interim report by the Auditor General?s Department, which details a series of irregularities. The report has dealt with questionable transactions between December 26, 2004 and June 30, 2005. It is critical of lapses on the part of the General Treasury, Central Bank and the Customs. Under a section titled Limitation on Procuring Information for Audit, the AG has said that Central Bank ignored a call to provide information on tsunami funds. The AG Department has been particularly harsh on several Divisional Secretariats in the East and South.
The report is gathering dust.
'The report called for an indepth police investigation,' an official told The Island, 'unfortunately, the government ignored that call, thereby allowing a group of corrupt officials and their political masters to go Scot free.'
Although AG has brought to the notice of Parliament a discrepancy in the import of vehicles for tsunami relief work with duty concessions for a period of three months and extending the period to 2008 without Parliamentary approval, no action had been taken.
Under this particular scheme, 506 vehicles have been imported. Of them, 207 vehicles have been released to the public sector, 290 to the NGO sector and nine to other institutions. The General Treasury has failed to provide the particulars of institutions and individuals who are using those vehicles. Speculation is rife that a large number of these vehicles are being used for purposes other than tsunami relief work.
I am sure MR will meet with her and warn her and have her out of the Media..State Terrorism at the Top level..
Edited By - Berty - 26 Dec 2006 10:23:55 GMT