Mar 08, 2022

Channa grants 600 mn project sans ICTA instructions! Featured

State Minister of State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals - Channa Jayasumana is reportedly trying to spend Rs. 600 million allocated by World Bank aid to set up an information management system at his ministry, 'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns.

He is preparing to set up a new system despite such a system already in place at the ministry.

It is alleged that the minister had given this project to a company named 'Loons Lab', which is owned by one of his friends.

The state minister's conduct has blatantly violated procurement guidelines, reports say.

This is due to the fact that ministry officials had accepted the Loons Lab bid at 10.10 am on January 31, 2022, despite bidding had ended at 10.0am, and despite strong opposition from other bidders.

The minister's decision has further raised eyebrows as the prevalent system could have been upgraded at a cost of Rs. 100 million, which is just one sixth of the cost.

It is also singular that he had even awarded the Tender to the company within a month of calling for procurement, and while completely disregarding a direct decision given by the Minister of Finance, Basil Rajapaksa, to the Cabinet.

The Finance minister's observations tabled before the Cabinet on Jan. 10, 2022, with regard to procurement activities state that instructions or technical assistance of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) should be sought during any procurement, this has been blatantly overlooked.