Kanchana to present report soon

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Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera yesterday (10) told Parliament that he would present a report on Rs 2.5-3 billion in overtime (OT) payments paid to Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery employees in the recent past.

However, Wijesekera did not specify the time period in which the said OT payments were made.

In response to a query made by Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella, the minister said although the employees had been paid Rs 2.5-3 billion as OT in the recent past, it has been managed up to Rs 400 million by now.

Wijesekera said he inquired about the matter from the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) management and the CPC distribution committee. “The CPC General Manager said, in the recent past Rs 2.5-3 billion had been paid as overtime.

However, we have managed the situation now. From March to May this year the refinery was in operation and we only closed it last month. Even then, the CPC distributes fuel to essential services, such as airports, the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), industries, and ports. So, the workers have been working all seven days,” he added.

“The employees who were working overtime on Friday and Saturday had been given this payment.

We have managed it to Rs 400 million by now. We have to give overtime payments. But we will do it under strict management. I will present a detailed report on this matter to Parliament soon,” Wijesekera said.

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake