Dec 14, 2016

Thalatha says ready to face any punishment if proven guilty Featured

Minister Thalatha Atukorale today (14) wrote to the Bribery Commission requesting that investigations be expedited into the complaint filed against her by the joint opposition.

The JO filed the complaint, naming Atukorale as no. four in the ‘top 10 corrupt ministers of the present regime’ and alleging she had defrauded Rs. 1,500 million from a newly-introduced insurance cover for expatriate workers.

The chairman of the Bureau of Foreign Employment issued a circular on 26 August 2015 to all foreign employment agents, informing them that all expatriate workers should obtain an insurance cover from Gulf Insurance and Reinsurance by making a 100 US dollar payment, the complaint says.

However, two other insurance companies had offered better coverage at a fee of 60 USD, but Gulf Insurance and Reinsurance was chosen without following any procurement procedure of submitting a cabinet paper, it alleges.

At a media briefing in Colombo today (14), the minister said she would accept any punishment if it was proved that she had caused a loss of even one cent to the state through this insurance scheme.

She added that she would go to court seeking compensation from those who had filed the complaint.