Ferdinando resigns as CEB Chair

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M.C.C. Ferdinando, following his controversial allegation that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed him to hand over the tender for the wind power plant in Mannar to India’s Adani Group as a result of the pressure exerted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, resigned from the post of Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) yesterday (13).

He submitted his resignation to the Minister of Power and Energy, which was accepted.

“I have accepted the letter of resignation tendered to me by the CEB Chairman M.M.C. Ferdinando,” the Minister tweeted.

He also said CEB Vice Chairman Nalinda Illangakoon will succeed him as CEB Chairman.

Illangakoon previously served as Chairman of the National Youth Corps, Director of the Dangerous Drugs Administration, and Senior Manager of Associated Newspapers.

He is the Chairman and Owner of the Complex Business Group. Illangakoon, a former Army Officer, is also a commercial pilot who has received numerous medals in various fields.

Ferdinando’s resignation comes in the wake of his recent controversial statement before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).

During a meeting of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) at the parliamentary complex on 10 June, Ferdinando claimed that the tender for the wind power plant in Mannar had been given to India’s Adani Group as a result of the pressure exerted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ferdinando, who is the former Secretary to the Ministry of Power, told the committee that the President had informed him to award the tender to the Adani Group, as there was pressure from the Indian Government to do so.

However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa later issued a statement denying these allegations of undue authorisation for the wind power project.

Ferdinando had later apologised over the statement made by him at the COPE meeting, regarding the awarding of the Mannar Wind Power project to Indian conglomerate Adani, and said he withdraws the statement which is totally incorrect.

(TR)