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Thursday, 22 January 2015 - 19:27
Prime Minister to chair a Committee to probe large scale rackets
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A Committee has been appointed to investigate large scale corruption and rackets that have taken place during the previous regime.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will chair this committee while ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Rauff Hakeem, MPs R. Sambanthan, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, M.A. Sumanthiran and General Sarath Fonseka will sit as other members.

On the instruction of this committee, a rapid response committee has been appointed with the participation of state officers, police officers, lawyers, monetary and auditing officers to give their expertise. MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake will act as the Rapid Response Committee co-coordinator.

Meanwhile the Cabinet which met yesterday has discussed to introduce a special new Act in the event the existing laws are not sufficient to investigate the rackets and corruption of the previous rule.

The Cabinet also decided yesterday to introduce a new Act swiftly to make mandatory for persons to divulge the sources of their undeclared assets.   

Another Committee was appointed under the patronage of the Prime Minister in order to review and re-assess massive projects such as Colombo Port City Project.

The minister also said that the Cabinet decided yesterday not to issue new official vehicles to ministers including the President.

Another decision taken by the Cabinet yesterday was to aptly increase import duty on rice when the paddy harvest of Maha season is reaching in the market.

In addition, another committee with the participation of a senior advisor to the Premier was appointed to supervise the 100 Day Action Plan. At the same time, it was decided to instruct government officials to thoroughly follow the provisions that are coming under the Establishment Code when communiqués are issued to the media.



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