Sri Lanka appoints committee to investigate corruption in state transport service


Aug 06, 2015 (LBO) – A Special Investigation Committee has been appointed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Internal Transport to investigate corruption at the ministry and its affiliated institutions within the last five years.

The cabinet nod has also been given to a proposal made by Internal Transport Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara to obtain instructions from the Attorney General’s Department for taking legal actions against responsible persons.

The committee is to make recommendations on corruption, mal-administration and irregularities that occurred which relates to the following matters.

 Non recovery of 142 million rupees for providing SLTB buses for publicity campaign in the 2015 Presidential Elections.

 Non receipt of the discount in purchasing 2200 buses for the Sri Lanka Transport Board on supplier’s credit.

 Poor quality and losing of import duty concessions by the Sri Lanka Transport Board for purchasing of spare parts.

 Operation of private buses under the SLTB logo.

 Operation of 20 luxury buses, which were imported for the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting, by the Road Development Authority.

 Enormous cost and issues regarding the estimates of the constructions of Northern Railway Line.

 Estimated high costs for the construction of Matara – Kataragama Railway line.

 Vesting and leasing out of Railway lands to external institutions in vague procedures.

 Operation of carriages/special trains with private sector participation, financial loss occurred due to the operation of Viceroy – 2 special train and

 Sale of scrap iron had been deviating from the acceptable procedure.