EDITORIAL, LANKADEEPA (Sinhala Daily)
MP John Amaratunge, Chairman of COPE, has said that CEB officials from its Chairman downwards have acted irresponsibly. This has resulted in numerous instances of waste, corruption and mismanagement. Gross malpractices on the awarding of tenders, pressurising of the tender board, delays in payments winning tenders and payment of millions of rupees without Cabinet approval are only a few of the CEB faulty management. But, what beats everyone is as to why the Minister in charge of the CEB remained deaf and blind while this public institution ran into rack and ruin. If the Ministry of Power and Energy did proper monitoring and checks and balances, this sad situation could have been prevented. Of what use is a government and representative of the public maintained at great public expense, if they cannot manage public institutions?