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 Post subject: Chandrika's 31 Commissions cost Rs. 181 million
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:22 am 
Chandrika's 31 Commissions cost Rs. 181 million
None of the recommendations implemented

@SS / Sunday September 03, 2006

Although a sum of Rs. 181.78 million has been spent for 31 Special Presidential Commissions appointed during the 11-year administration of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, none of the recommendations of these commissions have been implemented, Presidential Secretariat sources state.

The first commission appointed by the former President was the commission to investigate the disappearance of persons in Western, Northern and the Sabaragamauwa Provinces. The last commission was the Presidential Commission to settle Temple and Devala lands.

The first commission was appointed on 13-11-1994 and the last commission on 02-06-2005. The total amount spent for the commissions appointed to investigate the disappearance of persons in the Western, Southern, Central, North Western, Uva, North Central and North Eastern Provinces during the previous administration was Rs. 41,336,863.70 cents. However, it has not been possible to punish the majority of those declared to be connected to such disappearances because of legal problems arising with regard to the implementation of recommendations made in the commission reports.

In addition, the amount spent for a Presidential Commission to investigate the disappearance of persons in the whole island is Rs. 10,059,865.37 cts.

Although a sum of Rs. 20,757,328.67 cents has been spent on the Presidential Commissions to inquire into the assassinations of Lalith Athulathmudali, Vijaya Kumaratunga and Denzil Kobbekaduwa and the crash of the helicopter in which A. H. M. Ashraff was travelling, the government has not been able to take any action on such commission reports, Preisdential Secretariat sources stated.

The amount spent on the two Presidential Commissions to remove salary anomalies in the Public Sector is Rs. 21,218,502.98 cents. However, grave problems with regard to public sector salary anomalies still persist owing to the non-implementation of the recommendations of those commissions.

Special Presidential Commissions were also appointed by President Kumaratunga to inquire into and report on Customs duties, the attack on the Bindunuwewa Rehabilitation Camp, the attacks on the Katunayake Airport and Army Camp, ethnic violence, the Millenium City incident, maintenance of law and order, incidents of ragging at Sri Jayawardhanapura University allegations against the Chief Minister of the Western Province, the passing away of Ven. Soma Thera and the Telwatte train disaster.


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