Bribery Com. han­dled only one case from 1994 to ‘99: Wi­jeyadasa

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY YOHAN PERERA

More changes are needed in the bribery and cor­rup­tion laws in order to cover the pri­vate sec­tor as well, Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wi­jeyadasa Ra­japak­she told Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

At the same time the Min­is­ter said Sri Lanka had gained some achieve­ment with re­gard to min­i­miz­ing cor­rup­tion as Sri Lanka has jumped up to 91st slot of the in­ter­na­tional cor­rup­tion in­dex from the 96th slot this year and thus be­come a lesser cor­rupt na­tion. “The Bribery Com­mis­sion dur­ing its first five years since its in­cep­tion in 1994 has looked into only one case dur­ing this pe­riod,” he said. This he re­called was the case where a school prin­ci­pal was charged of ac­cept­ing a tea set to take child into her school. How­ever he said the com­mis­sion had got more ac­tive dur­ing the past few years

Min­is­ter Ra­japak­she made this sug­ges­tion while speaking dur­ing the de­bate on Com­mis­sions of In­quiry (Amend­ment) Bill in the House last morn­ing.

“Cur­rent bribery and cor­rup­tion laws cover only state in­sti­tu­tions and laws will have to be brought in to cover the pri­vate sec­tor as well. It is es­sen­tial to bring in laws per­tain­ing to gift-giv­ing as peo­ple are bribed in the guise of giv­ing gifts fre­quently,” the Min­is­ter said.

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