Renuka Perera resigns as NHDA Chair
Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority (NHDA), Renuka Perera has decided toresign from his post, in protest of influence and pressure from State Minister of Housing, Indika Anuruddha.
In a letter to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (20), Perera claimed that he was influenced on multiple occasions to appoint a person found guilty by an audit inquiry to the post of Acting Superintendent of the NHDA. However, he did not agree.
The letter further said,“I have carried out my duties as the Chairman of the NHDA amidst many obstacles and challenges. When I was appointed to the post, revenue of the NHDA was very low. However, during my tenure we were able to increase the revenue gradually and we recorded revenue of Rs 300 million in March this year.”
He had informed the Premier earlier that it was difficult to overcome the challenges due to the influence of the State Minister.
“I was pressured on several occasions to appoint a person who was guilty of corruption and I informed that to the Prime Minister and the Secretary to the Minister. However, I cannot perform my duties properly with corrupt officials and the continuous pressure from the State Minister. Therefore, I request the Prime Minister to accept my resignation,” Perera said.
He also expressed his dismay over the State Minister’s alleged attempt to appoint a corrupt person as the Acting Superintendent of the NHDA.
Copies of the letter of resignation were addressed to the Secretary to the President, the President, the Ministry Secretary, and Basil Rajapaksa.