EconomyNext.com – Sri Lankan power and energy utilities will have to adopt modern Japanese-style ‘5S’ and ISO-type standards to improve their management and service delivery to consumers, a minister said.
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said he intends to introduce the ‘5S’ effective workplace management techniques and International Standards Organisations rules in institutions under his ministry.
These include the state power utility Ceylon Electricity Board and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) oil refinery and distribution firm.
A joint, medium-term plan is being worked out to ensure loss-making organisations under his ministry like the CEB and CPC become profitable again.
‘5S’ standards will be introduced by April and ISO adopted by year-end, he said.
The CEB and CPC are among the top tax paying institutions in the country, paying about 60 billion rupees annually in taxes.
They are also institutions with direct links with the public since fuel and electricity were critical daily requirements of people, Ranawaka said.
Ranawaka told a meeting at a CPC storage terminal that the new government formed after the January 8 presidential poll had, for the first time, brought all power and energy organisations under one ministry.
Corruption in the power and energy sector, which is critical for the economy, was one reasons for the high cost of living, he said.
The government was able to sharply cut fuel and energy prices as well administered prices of other consumer products by putting a stop to corruption, Ranawaka said.
"I intend to ensure that those guilty of corruption in the power and energy sector under the former Rajapaksa regime will be punished, whatever their position," Ranawaka declared.