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Very people who brought television into crisis are going to sell it secretly – Dr Nalinda Jayatissa

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JVP central committee member Dr Nalinda Jayatissa revealed that according to a gazette issued by the Minister of Mass Media, Bandula Gunawardena, the channel ‘I’ of the National Television had been secretly sold to a TV channel run by Lyca Mobile. These facts were disclosed in a press conference held at the JVP head office at Pelawatte yesterday (14th). He said, “The Sri Lanka Television Corporation was established by the Television Corporation Act No. 06 of 1982 as a donation to the Sri Lankan people from Japan. It was given for the broadening of entertainment and educational activities of the people of our country.It has existed for over four decades despite the question of how far the initial goals are being fulfilled today. In recent decades, ministers, including the ministers of mass media, who were in charge of the television corporation, made various appointments in these institutions. Now around 800 employees are working here. The rulers have toppled the Rupavahini Corporation so much that there is a situation where it is not even possible to pay the salaries to the employees for some months. A situation has arisen where the employees have to surround the Director General’s room to get their due salary. It has fallen into this situation due to the wrong way of implementation by the governments in power throughout the past and mainly due to the abuse of the corporation by the governments in power during the elections due to non-payment of the due amount. COPE and COPA Committee reports can give many examples of such situations. There is a lot of unpaid money to Rupavahini Corporation from government corporations, departments and ministries for the broadcasts to inflate the political images or rulers. Especially to run a media channel, you have to produce programmes. The production process of such quality programmes was abandoned in the past. Due to this, their profits were severely reduced. Despite having a qualified human resources and necessary equipment, the production process was completely abandoned, so Rupavahini Corporation faced a financial crisis. The same people who caused the crisis are now secretly trying to sell the air time belonging to the people through the Corporation itself. Channel I started broadcasting sports events, and Nethra channel, which created for the Tamil-speaking people, had been expanded. Now, they have sold the air time of Channel I for Rs. 250 million effective for six months from last June 30th to VIS broadcasting company secretly without transparency. It is reported to us that due to the objections raised by the television workers and those who knew the facts about this, the minister of mass media submitted a cabinet paper for approval yesterday (14th) morning, but it could not be approved. They are trying to use Channel I to broadcast SBT programmes of V.I.S. broadcasting company. This channel belongs to Leica Mobile. Bandula Gunawardena, the Minister in charge and the President, gave the right to this institution for 06 months and then prepared to extend it for two years. The government ministers are rushing to bankrupt the institutions and then sell them to their crony institutions. Various rackets are carried out under “emergency purchases” when buying medicines, fuel and electricity. But there is no such urgency in this. There was no state of complete collapse of the Rupavahini Corporation. This explains a certain process of selling people’s resources at will. At a time when the people of the country are struggling to make a living in the face of the economic crisis, the ministers and the president are acting to use their power to sell off the frequency that belongs to the people. This cabinet paper was presented only after the sale process was done on June 30. After implementing the sale process from July 1st, the cabinet paper has been brought to justify it. In this regard, as the JVP, we express our protest. We also emphasize that the attention of the people should be focused on such activities, even within the struggle to live. It is earnestly requested to focus the attention of not only the employees of Rupavahini Corporation but also the people of the country on this selling process. The President and the government have no right to sell the country’s resources in this way. Everyone should oppose this process.
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