Only two generators out of 50 used by CEB – MP Aluthgamage

Only two generators (each of 1MW) are used out of the 50 generators bought last year by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Joint Opposition MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament today (29 March). The MP made these remarks during the ongoing Committee stage debate in Parliament.

Replying to Aluthgamage, UNP MP S. M. Marikkar said that if the accusation is true, the responsible officers must be punished and if it turns out to be false, Aluthgamage should take full responsibility.

Aluthgamage said that this information was based on an official letter from the Engineers Union of the CEB concerning the control system, insisting that it was not a personal attack.

The opposition MP charged that the Ministry of Power and Energy had stopped the tender which was recently called to buy electricity for the CEB due to the power cut crisis, as the Officers wanted it to be given to the company they wanted. “If that tender was brought in, the power cuts would have been no longer needed,” he said.

Conceding that some mafia connections and power struggles between the officers are rampant in the institutes in question, UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe asked the opposition parties’ support in defeating them.

Aluthgamage said that this power cut is an organised move from these mafias to take commissions from the private companies when they purchase electricity. He added that these mafia-connected officers contributed to the defeat of the former government, and that they were also adversely affecting the current one.

“It is imminent that we defeat this regime of officers in order to prevent them from abusing the country.”

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