Lankan govt delays revealing number of vehicles acquired by ministers

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Cabinet Minister of Lands and Parliament Affairs dodges question on the purchase of vehicles for the use of Ministers since Yahapalana regime came to power.

The government, yesterday, in Parliament, asked for six months to answer a question raised by JVP Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa pertaining to the purchase of vehicles for the use of Ministers since the day the Yahapalana regime came to power.

Dr. Jayatissa demanded to know from the Prime Minister on the number of vehicles that had been purchased for the use of ministers since Jan 08, 2015. It was listed in yesterday’ Order Paper of parliament.

Responding on behalf of the government ranks, Chief Government Whip Lands and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that six months were needed to respond to the question.

MP Dr. Jayatissa pointed out that his question had been already deferred twice previously in the same way and asking for six more months meant that the government would not respond to that question. After the MP registered his displeasure, Speaker Jayasuriya requested the government ranks to expedite its process of responding to Opposition questions and give the answer as soon as possible.

MP Dr. Jayatissa’s question referred to Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs and called upon the government to inform the House of the occasions when vehicles were purchased for Cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers from 08.01.2015 to date; the make and price of each vehicle; and the total amount of money spent on those vehicles.

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