Dec 23, 2016

58 MPs' leasing vehicle bonanza suspended

The supply of vehicles to 58 MPs under an operational lease facility paying Rs.700,000 a month to a private company has been suspended on a directive issued by the President, a senior Minister said.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that this matter would be re-considered at a meeting between the President and the Prime Minister as massive opposition is mounting against the vehicle lease plan.

When this issue first came into lime light, the President observed that this matter should be reviewed.

The President was of the view that the leasing of these vehicles should be transparent and in accordance with the government procurement procedures.

Meanwhile, 58 MPs have written to the President and the Prime Minister against the Secretary to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms who opposed to sign the documents to get vehicles under an operational lease facility.

The secretary stated that the vehicle leasing company selected as the supplier of vehicles had been rejected by the procurement committee of the cabinet and the technical evaluation committee.

A performance bond of Rs.350 million will be granted to the said company through the Co-operative Insurance Company, Cabinet Committee on Economic Management minutes showed.

However the net worth of the company which has been selected to import these vehicles was around Rs.15 million, CCEM said.