One accusation is that Rs. 100 million out of Rs. 653.51 m allotted for the development of tea smallholdings has been spent to distribute agricultural equipment to plantation industries minister Navin Dissanayake’s supporters in Nuwara Eliya.
Also, its chairman is accused of closing down the Authority’s audit division and appointing a female crony of his to be in charge of auditing activities, and not completing the distribution of fertilizer subsidy allowances among farmers.
The respondents to be cited are minister Dissanayake, Authority chairman Wijeratne Devagedara and acting general manager Thilak Fernando.
Deputy internal auditor K.G. Narada, assistant internal auditor Chaminda Priyanjith and assistant general manager (services) Amitha Pasquel have been sent on compulsory leave following an attempt at exposure of the chairman.
The minister has avoided a request by tea project officers’ association president Wasantha Samarasinghe to discuss the accusations.