KANCHANA CALLS FOR COPF PROBE

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Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera has officially requested the Chairman of the Committee on Public Finance (COPF) to launch an investigation into the alleged irregularities in the awarded coal term tender.
False allegations levelled against the awarded tender, is creating suspicions over transparency and pricing, the Minister claimed.

In a letter addressed to COPF Chairman MP Harsha de Silva, the lawmaker explained that the Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd. had called for tenders bearing Tender
No. LCC/22/TT/1 for the procurement of 45,000 MT +/- 10% coal in line with the government procurement guidelines.

“Despite proper procedure being followed, in awarding the aforementioned tender, there are widespread allegations about the process followed pertinent to this tender,” Wijesekera pointed out.

Calling for an in depth inquiry into the procedure followed on an urgent basis, as the procurement of coal for the next season was essential for continuous power generation, Minister Wijesekera said, the it should be ascertained whether the process was transparent and competitive.

He assured, the Power & Energy Ministry and Lanka Coal Company (Pvt) Ltd. stand ready to provide all required information and documentation in order to assist the COPF in its inquiry.