Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Power and energy procurement Committee via its mafia had duped Cabinet and cheated in a sum of Rs.3123 million on coal tender !

(Lanka-e-News- 2016.July.09. 10.00PM) The mafia of the State officers who were taking shelter under the corrupt Rajapakse reign during its nefarious decade and robbing the country wholesale had been  so powerful that even after the Government of good governance came into power , the robbery of  a staggering  Rs. 3123 million approximately by these cuprits  !  from coal supply came to light only after the verdict of  the Supreme court (SC) was delivered on the 24 th of June. 
Believe it or not , to expose  this massive scam , it was not the government of good governance of Sri Lanka  that filed the fundamental rights petition case , rather it was the Singapore Co. All the members of the Cabinet being  made respondents in this case will go down in history as a landmark.
As there was no Sri Lankan  representative in that Co. and the petition filed was not certified by a Sri Lankan , the Attorney General posed a technical issue  , and wished the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss this petition . However , the three judge panel of the  SC said , if that request is heeded , the ‘conscience’ of the honorable court would be usurped given the colossal amount of money involved in the alleged fraud , and the case shall therefore be heard. On the 24 th of June the SC delivered its verdict on this case No. SC FR NO.394/2015.
During the  hearing of this case it surfaced that while it was possible to purchase the coal at US $ 46.62 per metric ton , 1,064,724 tons of coal had been purchased at US $ 54.41 per metric ton.
The case was filed by Noble Resources that offered the lowest bid of US $ 46.62  per metric ton. The worst part is even when this decision was being delivered this racket was continuing to the detriment of the country  without let or hindrance , and the SC had to order that this tender be put aside, and to call for fresh tenders.
This mafia comes under the Procurement committee accepted  by the Cabinet , and comprises the secretary of the ministry of power and energy ,and deputy general manager of the Electricity board.  The SC verdict clearly pointed out that this group had duped the minister and thereby the cabinet. 
Besides , they have with the aim and objective of awarding the tender to the Co. of their friend  on a higher  bid,  the tender specifications were changed by them again after calling for  tenders ;have opened the accomplice’s tender bid and based on the new invitation to bids  given the award to their friend and accomplice. 
In a country where the procurement committee itself is engaged in robbery , is there a deity  to whom the complaint could  be lodged ? One can imagine from these machinations and deceitful practices what amount of rogues and what unbelievable criminal State officers (BureaucRATS) the Rajapakse regime had spawned during its nefarious decade. 

The monumental robbery

The colossal loss incurred , and the monumental losses that would have resulted to the government in the future but for the SC verdict , and because the aforementioned  coal tender was not duly awarded with transparency are as follows :

* The quantity of coal purchased during the period 2015-2016 from the Swiss Singapore Co. after amending the tender procedure and by substituting the NEWC index with API  4 , changing the size of the coal without due  regard to quality as well as  changing its price is 1,06,724 metric tons.
* The sum of money paid to Swiss Singapore Co. for the purchase of  1,064,724 metric tons of coal ( FOBT/after all the indices and quality amendments ) is US $ 57,932,356.96 !
* If the 1.064,724 metric tons of coal were purchased by the Technological procurement committee from the lowest bidder , that is from the recommended Noble Resources Co. in accord with the quality standard  (FOBT/ after all the indices and quality  amendments), based on   the tender requirements ,the total payment would have been US$ 49,632,134.70 
* Based on these figures , the loss owing to  the purchase of coal from Swiss Singapore Co. following   unwarranted over payment is US $ 8.300,222.26 !
* The loss incurred by the purchase of coal from Swiss Singapore Co. without  purchasing from the open competitive market while its price was plummeting in the world market , is US $ 4,941,043.48 during the period 2015-2016
* If the SC had not delivered its verdict , there was a possibility to lose a further sum of over US $ 8,300,222.26 via the purchase of 1.1 million metric tons of coal in this same way during the period 2016-2017 .
* Then why didn’t the government take a decision against these corrupt BureaucRATS who had been gnawing at the very root of the country’s economy most selfishly and traitorously  ?
At any rate one thing is very clear from this verdict , that is , it is because of the changes which  are being effected by the government of good governance , the judiciary had been able to act independently without interference and intervene . Besides , it is now rendered possible to a  company to  file action citing the cabinet as respondents. This is a positive sign and a most welcome landmark judgment , which the courts had the ability to  deliver only because the government of good governance is in power as opposed to the  previous brutal , criminal. lawless  and corrupt regime.
* It is to be noted , this corruption crime exceeds the treasury bond scam of the Central bank , as the amount  involved is US $ 21,541,487.00 ( which is Rs. 3123, 515,615.00 @ Rs. 145.00 per dollar) . 
* What is the action the government is going to take in this connection? Are these bureaucRATS  and bandicoots going to be permitted to continue robbing and pilfering the people’s monies? 
* The secretary to ministry of power and energy is due for retirement in two years. Hence it was  his aim to earn billions and trillions by that time by awarding this tender to Swiss Singapore Co. Though the low rung officers of the ministry are fully aware of the activities of these bandicoots , they are helpless and are therefore silent. The other culprit the deputy General manager too is to retire in a few months . Therefore probing into these frauds after the bandicoots have vanished without trace  will be like locking the stable after the horses have bolted. Unlike the horses these crooks have enough nooks and crannies to hide being bandicoots in human form.
* By retaining these crooked notorious members of the procurement Committee appointed by the cabinet including  the secretary to ministry of power and energy , secretary of foreign employment bureau  and  General Manager of Electricity board even after this , is the government wishing that it shall be duped on and on?
* Is it only after and because of  the court verdict which exposed  that  the Establishment code , financial regulations and other circulars have been violated , the country’s laws are  going to be enforced and the Establishment code going to be abided by , to safeguard the country’s financial resources ?
Are the people’s representatives who claim they are opposed to corruption and are vociferous against it unable to notice these monumental and glaring corruption ?
The landmark judgment delivered by the SC can be accessed here:-

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Have Sri Lanka’s Decision-Makers Taken Leave Of Their Senses?

by Emil van der Poorten
While the unprecedented thrashing that Sri Lanka took at the hands of England in a recent 50-50 game may not have been of earth-shaking significance in a world where the Farages, Le Pens, Boris Johnsons and Donald Trumps are exulting at Great Britain’s exit from the European Union, it is symptomatic of where our current government is taking us in the matter of sliding down the slippery slope of equivocation and unprincipled behaviour in dear old Silly Lanka.
Bearing more than a passing connection to the debacle at Edgbaston, is the fact that preceding that annihilation was a reported exchange between the skipper of the Sri Lankan side, Angelo Mathews, and the Chief Selector, Sanath Jayasuriya, in the matter of who should be retained on the soil of Blightly and who should be sent back to the shores of Sri Lanka.
Mathews came off second best and, while I do not know whether that fact had any significant bearing on the final outcome of the match (mismatch?) with England, it was certainly of a piece with what has recently been going on in Sri Lankan cricket.
In the matter of ‘coming events casting their shadows’, was Thilanga Sumathipala being placed in the apex position of Sri Lanka’s most popular sport.  His previous stint in this position generated an accusation that an alleged/convicted murderer made his exit from Sri Lanka (never to return?) thanks to the provision of a visa provided by the Cricket Board under blatantly false pretences. The mainstream media of this country, at a time when saying anything even vaguely critical of the Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR1) government and its minions could result in serious bodily harm, went to bat on that one and never, to my recollection, was there so much as an excuse made for this fact, leave alone an official l rebuttal.
Guess who the Maithripala Sirisena/Ranil Wickremesinghe (MR2) government re-installs in the top job in cricket?  Need I say it again? Thilanga Sumathipala!
With the return of Mr. Sumathipala, one of the first events of any import in our cricket world was the return to the limelight of another of the same ilk – Sanath Jayasuriya.
In case readers’ memories are even shorter than mine, Mr. Jayasuriya was one of the early recruits to an MR1 regime swollen with the euphoria generated by the defeat of the Prabhakaran horde. Not only did he parlay this connection into an overwhelming victory in the south under the MR1 banner, he began demanding Ministerial status under his mentor! Worse yet, one of the less well kept secrets of the time is that he had a cricket career that had certainly passed its ‘best before’ date extended on the orders of The Highest in the Land, resulting in a few more shekels in the Jayasuriya bank account at the expense of our national team carrying a ‘passenger’ on its roster.
His return to authority and eminence was recently celebrated with he and his Minister, another opportunist turncoat named Dayasiri Jayasekera, taking, seemingly, everyone including the proverbial ‘mother, father and baby duck’ in their immediate and extended families to enjoy a summer of cricket and frolic in England. The good news from that front which hardly offsets the bad is the fact that Jayasuriya did not, again as he had in the MR1 days, had the opportunity to inflict his execrable English on the helpless compelled to put up with the soundtrack of his television coverage of first-class cricket!
I have on previous occasions spoken of similar ‘logic’ that led to the likes of Rajitha Senaratne being made an official spokesperson for the Ohey Palayang government. Specifically, I did scribble something on the subject of his appointing a person who went out of his way to intimidate his subordinates into silence (and one into a complete mental breakdown if truth be told) to a position of power and authority in hospital administration that could well have been filled by any number of eminent and honourable members of the medical profession who did, in fact, observe their Hippocratic Oath.
Now, a dentist, the exercise of whose skills obviously doesn’t control what comes out of his oral orifice, pronounces in a page one banner headline that Mahinda Rajapaksa had no responsibility whatsoever for what his siblings did in the matter of fiscal rape and pillage of our resources! Pardon me, Mr. Dentist, but didn’t Mahinda Rajapaksa have control in excess of anything exercised by a feudal monarch in the matter of governance of this country and does he not, therefore, bear some responsibility, at least, for what took place under his watch?
While that kind of statement constitutes stupidity, teetering on the edge of criminality, it is simply yet another bit of ‘insurance’ being bought by yet another of the MR2 gang in the event that the MR1 horde returns to power.  Simplistic? I’m afraid not. This is basic, blatant logic, given the performance of several of the ‘insurance buyers’ at the apex of our current government, ranging from big businessmen who did very well under the previous dispensation to simple hangers-on. What other explanation can even the idiots parading as ‘political commentators’ trot out in these instances?
What we are currently observing is, to put it kindly, equivocation and a blatant surrender of principles where even the hypocrisy of pretence to good governance is being dumped in the trash can in anticipation of the return of the most repressive and violent of Royal Families.
It is becoming increasingly apparent, even to a non-believer, that divine intervention is going to be Sri Lanka’s only hope for salvation!