The Daily Mirror, a Sri Lankan English daily, both on its printed and online editions, on January 1 carried an article named `Top Government Official`s firm to takeover SLRC security` which has been carefully worded to mislead the public over the issue.
The newspaper quoting unknown `Defence` and `Informed` sources says that moves are being made to hand over the security of the state owned TV station to a company privately owned by a top secretary to a government ministry.
`It is true that a decision has been taken to hand over the security of Rupavahini Corporation to Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited since the previous company had failed to live up to the expectations. But it is a blatant lie to say that the company is privately owned by the defence secretary or any other government official per say` a senior official at the Defence Ministry said.
When inquired more about Rakna Lanka Limited, he explained it as a company incorporated as a public company under the Company act No 17 of 1982. `It is a government owned commercial security company functioning directly under the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order. It is established to provide high quality commercial security service to government and private institutions` he added.
Explaining further he said, that the company is invested by the treasury and managed by a board of directors appointed by the government.
Edited version of Defence.lk article