Pay no bribes to meet me: Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Sunday announced uncovering a racket where visitors were asked to pay bribes if they wanted to meet with him and vowed the "full force of the law" against the culprits.

"Just say no," Karunanayake said in a half-page advertisement in Sunday newspapers using the public to help him fight corruption. He said the authorities had already identified the individuals involved.

"If you or someone you know has been solicited for a bribe to meet the minister or ministry officials, please be kind enough to inform this number immediately," he said giving telephone number 0112484500 extensions 1402 or 1408.

It also gave two e-mail addresses: [email protected]  and [email protected]

The advertisement did not name the "culprits" who had been identified by the ministry and there were no details of how much had been solicited to arrange a meeting with the minister and other bureaucrats.

It was also not clear how outsiders were able to operate freely within the tightly-guarded ministry.

The advertisement also urged the public to contact the same number directly if they wanted an appointment with the minister (COLOMBO, April 24, 2016)

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