Friday, August 12, 2022
News

Sri Lanka power supplier head resigns after controversial statements on Indian PM, Adani

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Colombo | Tuesday, 2022 4:15:08 AM IST
The Chairman of Sri Lanka's state-run electricity supplier, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), resigned on Monday after repeated controversial statements made on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka's renewable energy project awarded to Adani Group.

CEB Chairman, M.M.C. Ferdinando handed over his resignation and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara, in a Twitter message, said he accepted the resignation.

Last week, Ferdinando had stated to Parliament's Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had told him that Indian Premier Modi had pressured him to award a wind power project to India's Adani Group.

President Rajapaksa was quick to deny Fernando's statement and said that he never gave authorisation to award a wind power project in Mannar to any person or any institution.

Issuing a statement, the President's Media Division said: "Sri Lanka is currently in an acute shortage of power and President desires to expedite implementation of mega power projects as early as possible. However, no undue influence will be used in awarding such projects."

"Project proposals for large-scale renewable energy projects is limited, but special attention will be paid to the selection of institutions for the projects, which will be carried out strictly in accordance with the transparent and accountable system by the government of Sri Lanka," the statement added.

However, the CEB head later retracted what he told the COPE claiming that he made the statement in a moment of exhaustion and poor emotional condition.

The incident created both local and international uproar and opposition politicians charged him with lying to the parliament while others complained he was pressured by the President to withdraw what he said.

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa had complained that Ferdinando had violated parliamentary privilege by making false statements to the COPE.

--IANS sfl/vd

( 310 Words)

2022-06-13-22:00:03 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS ()
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE ASIA NEWS
Former ISI chief Faiz Hameed transferred...
After death of Al Qaeda chief, top TTP c...
Beijing irate but SL continues to defer ...
Two missing Sri Lankan Commonwealth Game...
Three injured in grenade blast at footba...
India's President congratulates Sri Lank...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
BJP leaders slam Kejriwal, say his polit...
India holds world's highest rate of reco...
Omicron strains 20-30 pc more infectiou...
Bihar Assembly session on August 24, Spe...
No Change of Guard ceremony at Rashtrapa...
Omicron strains 20-30 per cent more inf...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Mandeep Kaur's death: Women's commi... 
Raksha Bandhan 2022: Taimur and Jeh... 
Sri Lanka: EU delegation hold talks... 
Kin of Rifleman killed while repuls... 
Fire breaks out at hotel in Gujarat... 
Raksha Bandhan: Shraddha Kapoor sha... 
PTI can shut down entire Pakistan, ... 
China purchased aircrafts causes lo...