You are here:: News Center Related News Power, Lies Corruption: Government policy is 50 per cent of the problem Ravi Karunanayake - UNP MP
 
 

Power, Lies Corruption: Government policy is 50 per cent of the problem Ravi Karunanayake - UNP MP

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Ravi-Karunanayake-1If the government decides to subsidise electricity, then the government should pump in money to the CEB. According to the United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake, government policy is the main factor that has led to the unbearable hike in the electricity tariff.


“Government policy is 50 percent of the problem. Corruption is 25 percent of the problem,” he said. “Mismanagement, inefficiency and over-staffing are also to be blamed.”


He claimed that when the UNP government handed over the CEB, it was a profit-making entity. He pointed out that it was making a profit of 110 million rupees in 1994. However, after handover, the CEB began its downward spiral and in 2012 alone, the total losses incurred by the CEB were at a staggering figure of 85 billion rupees.


Karunanayake added that since the handover, the total losses incurred by the CEB were 680 billion rupees.


“If the government decides to subsidise electricity, then the government should pump in money to the CEB. However, instead, the losses were passed onto the CEB which is a single entity,” he pointed out. “The CEB in turn passed on the losses to the public and now the common man is paying the price of government’s policies. This is neither fair nor necessary. Why should the consumer pay for a promise made by the government?”



The parliamentarian also added that the new electricity tariff was ineffective as it only aimed to eradicate the 500 billion losses of the CEB. It is by no means a permanent solution and he did not anticipate it to solve the underlying problems.
Karunanayake also said that mismanagement, and inefficiency were two other causes for the hike in electricity prices, citing Norochcholai power plant as an example.


“The CEB is the engineer’s mafia,” he said. “We built Norochcholai at a lowcost but it is a prime example of inefficiency and wastage. Norochcholai has ceased to function 22 times. Why? Because we paid for European standards but got a Chinese product,” he pointed out.


Karunanayake added that the solution to the problem was not increasing the electricity tariff and making the public pay for the government’s blunders and corruption and mismanagement of the CEB but to pump in government investment to the CEB and making the CEB more efficient.


“The government has simply taken the easy way out,” he claimed.
In a staunch promise, the opposition parliamentarian added that if his party was elected tomorrow, the tariff hike would be completely eradicated.