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Ravi K , Wijedasa R, lash out at UPFA over SLC corruption

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Ravi_ka_vs_WijedasaUNP MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe says the government should be held responsible for the current financial crisis at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).Had there been supervision by parliamentary watchdog committees, COPE (Committee on Public Enterprises) and PAC (Public Accounts Committee) the SLC wouldn’t have been in the present mess, former COPE Chief told The Island on Saturday.

The Colombo District MP said that national cricketer Kumar Sangakkara’s recent criticism of SLC wasn’t surprising. Pointing out that the former national captain had been vindicated by recent findings made by the Auditor General, MP Rajapakshe said that the government should explain its failure to arrest the situation.

Responding to a query, the UNPer alleged that had the UPFA had allowed the Opposition to head two watchdog committees, now led by Minister Dew Gunasekera (COPE) and Dr. Sarath Amunugama (PAC) the present crisis could have been avoided. Those in power couldn’t understand that it would be beneficial for the incumbent government to ensure corruption-free public enterprises, the MP said. Rajapakshe said that in the absence of an effective mechanism to tackle corruption in both public and private sectors, those in authority continued to live luxuriously at expense of the national economy. "Large scale irregularities in the health sector are a case in point," MP Rajapakshe said. In spite of Healthcare Minister Maithripala Sirisena regularly attacking waste, irregularities and corruption in health sector no one had been punished so far, he said.

UNP National Organiser Ravi Karunanayake, MP, said that in spite of the Auditor General and watchdog committees exposing corrupt deals, the Rajapaksha government was not taking action. He said he had had the opportunity to raise several contentious issues with members of the recently dismissed Interim Committee at last Wednesday’s three hour meeting summoned by the COPE in parliament. He alleged that in spite of making a big noise about corruption at the SLC, the government wouldn’t take any tangible action against those responsible for irregularities. The MP said that the UPFA wouldn’t be allowed to distance itself from sordid operations carried out by those at the SLC as there was ample evidence to suggest that the SLG bigwigs had the blessings of the political authority.