TWO+ADDITIONAL+SECRETARIES+OF+THE+EDUCATION+MINISTRY+BEFORE+THE+PRESIDENTIAL+COMMISSION
Friday, 09 August 2019 - 17:51
TWO ADDITIONAL SECRETARIES OF THE EDUCATION MINISTRY BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
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The Presidential Commission of inquiry appointed to investigate into the acts of corruption & frauds occurred in State institutions summoned Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Education Hemachandra Hewage and Senior Assistant Secretary Chamani Wickramatilake to provide evidence regarding the transfer of the Education Ministry's Director of Supplies I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe.

I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe complained regarding this contentious transfer to the Commission recently and the Commission had given orders to reinstate him in his previous position.

The transfer was made after I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe had given evidence before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry regarding the additional cost incurred in publishing the colour photograph of the Minister of Education in the school books.

However, Secretary to the Education Ministry Nihal Ranasinghe testifying before the Presidential Commission stated that although Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had made a note to Ilangasinghe's personal files, it had not been routed through him to the Minister.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Education has further stated that he believes that the relevant file has been forwarded to the Minister through the Additional Secretaries.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Education Nihal Ranasinghe had admitted that it was the Secretary and not the Minister, who has the authority over transfers and appointments.

The two additional secretaries that have supposedly taken the file regarding the transfer of I.M.K.B. Illangasinghe to the Minister have been summoned by the Presidential Commission today.

It has now been decided that the Minister of Education should be summoned again to the Presidential Commission since the information appears to show that this matter has been handled maliciously.

Meanwhile, the Highways Ministry Secretary Sunil Hettiarachchi, who was the Secretary to the Ministry of Education previously, arrived before the Presidential Commission to make a statement regarding the alleged irregularity in securing ‘Suraksha’ insurance coverage.  

Meanwhile, the deputy leader of Pivithuru Helaurumaya Madhumadhava Aravinda appeared before the Presidential inquiry this morning.

It is for the purpose of making a statement in relation to a complaint that he had filed regarding a loss of Rs. 6500 million to the government for importing vehicles as parts with state sponsorship.

The complaint had been lodged by Madhumadhava Aravinda, claiming that the Customs would incur losses by arranging for the vehicle parts to be assembled afterwards.
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