The newly appointed government has a responsibility to improve the investigative process on allegations of bribery or corruption, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Director Surangi Ariyawansha said.
Issuing a media statement today (12), CaFFE noted that corruption is one of the reasons Sri Lanka is unable to improve living standards and achieve development goals.
“Sri Lankans have placed their faith on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to curb bribery and corruption. It is his duty to come up with a policy and a plan to ensure that people’s aspirations are met,” the statement quoted Ariyawansha as saying.
The statement further noted that the prevalence of bribery and corruption in the estate sector has also become problematic.
“The prevalence of bribery and corruption in the state sector had ensured that the most vulnerable people do not receive the assistance and services they’re entitled to. The new government will appoint individuals to high posts and these should be people of integrity. If the government is serious it can also drastically reduce the corruption and inefficiencies in the state sector. Sri Lanka needs a proper investigative and monitoring mechanism. We also need a mechanism where corrupt bureaucrats are penalised severely,” the statement added.