Key state enterprises are being dressed up for commercial viability, while government hunts for fund manager to manage Rs. 15 bn in excess cash

Key state enterprises are being dressed up for commercial viability, while government hunts for fund manager to manage Rs. 15 bn in excess cash. Key state enterprises are being dressed up for commercial viability, while government hunts for fund manager to manage Rs. 15 bn in excess cash. Professional fund managers will get a chance at managing surplus government cash worth over Rs. 15 bn that is currently stashed in gilt-edge securities and fixed deposits.

A special trustee will be appointed to manage the fund, with the Central Bank coming in to act as the custodian bank.

Meanwhile, the government plans to infuse capital into People’s Bank in a phased out manner, based on its quarterly performance, which is currently before cabinet.

The state-run National Water Supplies & Drainage Board has been set deadlines to focus on operational efficiencies, ease off non-water revenues and better Treasury management.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, financial viability and operational efficiency, will hinge on market base prices, while its ageing refineries will also be upgraded.

Cash strapped Ceylon Electricity Board’s balance sh