Govt. stops leas­ing of ve­hi­cles from pri­vate com­pa­nies

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Min­is­ters at their weekly ses­sion on Tues­day de­cided to im­me­di­ately call off the prac­tice of leas­ing ve­hi­cles from pri­vate com­pa­nies for use by min­istries.

It came af­ter the act­ing Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Re s e a r c h M i n i s t e r Lak­sh­man Senevi­ratne raised is­sue over the mat­ter. He said that a de­ci­sion to lease th­ese ve­hi­cles had been made a year ago by the Min­istry of Fi­nance. He took part in the min­is­te­rial meet­ing in the ab­sence of Min­is­ter Susil Pre­ma­jayan­tha who is abroad.

He said that the Min­istry had wanted such leases to be ob­tained from only two hand-picked com­pa­nies. He said they had not been se­lected through a com­pet­i­tive process and has made vast amounts of money.

Though it was claimed then that the leas­ing of such ve­hi­cles ob­vi­ated re­pair and main­te­nance costs, Mr. Senevi­ratne pointed out that new ve­hi­cles al­ways came with a war­ranty pe­riod. Even ser­vic­ing those ve­hi­cles was free of charge for a lim­ited pe­riod. Mr. Senevi­rate said it was a waste of money to lease them.

Pres­i­dent Sirisena, who con­curred with the views ex­pressed, directed the Fi­nance and Me­dia Min­is­ter Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera to put a stop to the prac­tice im­me­di­ately.

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