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