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Sep 11, 2017

Hydraulic Institute falls onto the hands of a Rajapaksa crony

Sri Lanka’s internationally renowned and strategic institutions and enterprises with minority state stake are gradually going into the hands of previous Rajapaksa regime’s former bureaucrats weakening the present government’s ambitious vision to become the hub of the Indian ocean, civil society activists warned.

The present government’s progress towards knowledge- based highly competitive social market economy will be hindered as it is losing the grip of major strategic and internationally important institutions as most of them are now being managed by Rajapaksa cronies, they said.

Top management position of another such institution, Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI) with over 30 years of expertise worldwide in Ocean/Coastal Engineering and Inland Water Hydraulics will be handed over to former bureaucrat of Rajapaksa regime without considering his tainted back ground, a leader of civil society movement divulged.

LHI’ CEO post is going to be entrusted to Janaka Kurukulasuriya former Urban Development Authority (UDA) chairman with effect from September 15. He also served as the assistant secretary and later additional secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development under Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during 2010-2013 periods.

The LHI which has recorded its highest ever pre-tax profit of Rs. 42 million and revenue of Rs. 182 million during the fincial year 2016/2017 due to the commitment and dedication of the present top management will be ruined if Rajapaksa associates are allowed to manage it, he said.

Controversial land deals such as Colombo Commercial Company location, Defense Ministry land to Shangri-La, Charmers Granaries and Transwork Square shopping complex projects former Dutch Hospital two private building lands  between Chatham Street and Hospital Street, another 18 acres of Colombo land were initiated during the tenure of Janaka Kurukulasuriya.

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