Rs. 504 Mn spent on Special Presidential Commissions by previous 2 governments
An application to the Presidential Secretariat under the Rights to Information Act has revealed that the previous two governments had spent Rs. 504 Mn on ten Special Presidential Commissions of Inquiry (PcoIs) over the past eight years.
Rs. 120 Mn was spent in 2020 - the largest amount.
However, there was no available information on the outcomes of these Special PCoIs.
The funds were allocated from the Consolidated Fund between March 2015 and June 30 this year.
The commissions appointed last year are still in effect.
Five Special PCoIs were appointed by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa between 2020 and 2021, where a total of Rs. 337 Mn was spent. The PCoIs were Commission to Investigate Political Victimisation; Commission to Investigate, Inquire and Report into Alleged Wrongdoings, Irregularities and Malpractices of Edirisinghe Trust Investments Ltd; Commission for Appraisal of the Findings of Previous Commissions and Committees and the Way Forward; Commission to Investigate Violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law; and Commission into Irregularities at Sri Lanka Customs.
Rs. 134 Mn was spent on PCoIs during the first three years of the Yahapalayana Government (2015-2017). Rs. 254 Mn was spent on five PCoIs for nearly five years.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena appointed these PCoIs: Special PCoI to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC); the Commission to Investigate and Inquire into and Report on the Issuance of Treasury Bonds between February 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016; Commission into Irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka; Commission to Probe Fraud and Corruption in his own Government; and the Commission into the Easter Sunday Bombings.
Source: The Sunday Times