Sep 09, 2017

Presidential Secretariat official influences tender!

A top official at the presidential secretariat has been influencing the National Gem and Jewellery Authority chairman to grant a tender to a businessman who has not fulfilled the requirements.

The tender to rebuild a side dam at Thalduwa bridge at Seethawaka across Getahetta Oya has already been awarded following the due procedure.

It was to the highest bidder, of Rs. 15.6 million, but a bidder who unsuccessfully made a Rs. 5.6 million bid got a Polonnaruwa district MP to use a personal secretary at the presidential secretariat to send letters asking for a cancellation of the tender.

Upon being informed by the successful bidder about this, the president has ordered an inquiry, and also to grant the tender to the chosen bidder.