Failure to fill GM post: Chaos Erupts at CEB
By Bingun Menaka Gamage
Amid the looming power crisis in the country, several problems have reportedly arisen within the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) due to the failure to fill the vacancy of the CEB General Manager.
According to internal sources, the crisis has arisen following a tug of war between the CEB engineers and the political authority. There are disputes within the CEB to choose a suitable person for the General Manager post based on whether that person opposes or is in favour of the Yugadanavi Power Plant Agreement with the American company, New Fortress Energy.
Speaking to Ceylon Today’s sister paper, Mawbima, a senior CEB engineer said this is the first time in history that it is taking so long to appoint a General Manager.
After the retirement of former CEB General Manager M.R. Ranatunge, Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge agreed to appoint engineer D.C.R. Abeysekara to the post. However, Abeysekara was not appointed to the post owing to the alleged protest of the CEB Senior Engineers’ Association, a CEB Spokesperson said.
Then it was proposed to appoint Ranatunge again to the post, but the engineers opposed that proposal as well. Also, Dr. Prasanna Perera has been proposed for the post, but the engineers have failed to come to an agreement on that too.
As a solution to the power crisis in the country, the Finance Minister released US$ 180 million to buy coal for the Norochcholai Power Plant on Friday (14) and funds have been released for two fuel shipments. Meanwhile, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has decided to supply 1,500 MT of diesel daily to the CEB to ensure that there will be an uninterrupted power supply, until 18 January.