Controversial Vehicle Lease For 58 MPs Has Been Suspended

Controversial Vehicle Lease For 58 MPs Has Been Suspended
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UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that the move to provide vehicles to 58 MPs parliamentarians under an operational lease facility paying Rs.700,000 a month to a private company has been suspended on a directive issued by the President.

The Minister further stated that this matter would be re-considered at a meeting between the President and the Prime Minister as massive opposition is mounting against the vehicle lease plan.

The controversial move came under heavy criticism. It ran into a snag when the Secretary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Ministry Secretary Nimal Bopage refused to sign the document approving the issue of the vehicles. He said his refusal was based on several issues and that he was asked to “Sign or resign”. Mr. Bopage said this proposal had not received the approval of the Technological Committee and that repayment was to be completed in 60 monthly instalments but the present parliament had only another 45 months to go and that he had no right to burden a future parliament with the remaining instalments.

Meanwhile, 58 MPs have written to the President and the Prime Minister against the Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms who opposed to sign the documents to get vehicles under an operational lease facility.

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