SPC blows Rs 644M on bugged software

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The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka (SPC) has poured Rs 644 million into the drain for inventory management software that does not accommodate its requirements.

This was revealed after the SPC and the Medical Supplies Division of the Ministry of Health were summoned before Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) this week.

They said the software took seven years to build and implement. The contract was granted to a local company and the software had been started to be developed from 2008 and had only been implemented in 2015.

In response to inquiries by the COPE Chairman, the SPC representative said that the institution makes a payment of Rs 5 million monthly as maintenance even though the software does not work as intended, pointing out that only some entries can be put into the system.

Furthermore, the University Of Colombo School Of Computing estimated it would cost Rs 7 billion to upgrade the existing system to one that fulfils the requirements of the SPC.

By Methmalie Dissanayake