Sri Lanka probes private bus services under state logo
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Internal Transport Ministry has complained to the Bribery Commission over the operation of private buses by three firms under the logo of the State-owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB).
Government spokesman Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said this was one of the irregularities uncovered by a Special Investigation Committee appointed to probe allegations of corruption against the former regime.
Minister of Internal Transport Ranjith Maddumabandara has sought instructions from the Attorney General’s Department to take legal action against institutions and officials responsible, he told a news conference.
According to the Ministry of Internal Transport a fee charging system had not been in place for the operation of private buses under the SLTB logo.
The ministry said Micro Company has not paid any fees to the Sri Lanka Transport Board while Leyland and Swedish Trading Company have paid different fees.
No agreement appears to have been entered into either by the Internal Transport Ministry or the SLTB on charging fees, it said.
The irregularities found by the Special Investigation Committee had been forwarded to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (Bribery Commission) in July for further investigations and steps are being taken to correct the situation.
(Colombo/August 7 2015)