Kanchana blasts CEB, CPC, CPSTL workforces

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Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara lambasted the staff attached to Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL), claiming that the majority are inefficient and incompetent.

 “While there are capable and efficient workers at CEB, CPC & CPSTL, the majority are inefficient and incompetent. A good 500 workforce instead of the 4,200 could do the job efficiently at CPC- CPSTL & half of the 26,000 workforce at CEB. Trade Unions thrive on inefficient members,” he tweeted.

The tweet further said all State-owned Enterprises need restructuring.

“Political decisions, political appointments, misadministration and incompetence has led to the downfall. I don’t think a majority of the public workforce will survive in the private sector or be recruited at all. Performance based salaries is a must,” he said.

According to a spokesman for the Ministry of Power and Energy, the CEB restructure will be completed by establishing three profit centres for Generation, Supply, and Distribution.

He said the CPC will be restructured and three to four investors, who can import fuel, will be invited. He also stressed that 500 fuel filling stations owned by the CPC would be given to those investors so efficiency could be improved.

CPC owns more than 1,200 fuel filling stations.

Meanwhile, in another tweet Wijesekara said 24 companies from United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, United States of America, China, India, Russia, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Norway and Philippines have submitted proposals for the EOIs to engage in the Petroleum Business in Sri Lanka.

A committee appointed by Minister of Power and Energy will evaluate proposals, issue Request For Proposal and finalse the process in six weeks.

BY Thameenah Razeek