Refuting allegations leveled by several NGOs and the Joint Opposition (JO) that some parts of the bond commission report were missing, Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday assured that the report now in public domain was complete and several annexes had not been attached thereto but they could be made available to Parliament on request. Meanwhile, the Campaign for Free and fair Elections (CaFFE) has, in a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, said that annexes three of the report has neither been given to the MPS nor released to the public via the Presidential secretariat website. The JO has demanded an explanation from President Maithripala Sirisena as regards the missing section of the bond commission report, handed over to him on Dec 30, 2017.
On Monday night, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, in an interview with Derana TV said some sections in the annexures could not be made public because they contained highly confidential Central Bank data. Minister Samarasinghe told the media at the SLFP headquarters in Colombo that President Sirisena had made it clear that he would punish the wrongdoers. Referring to the Hambantota Port workers issue, Minister Samarasinghe said the process of providing jobs for former workers of Hambantota Port in the two Sri Lankan companies attached to the port would commence on Feb. 11. Following an agreement between the government and the workers who were on a fast unto death, the government had decided to allocate 135 job opportunities for the former workers and other’s demand for compensation to the tune of one million rupees each would be granted, he added. The workers had also agreed to withdraw the fundamental rights violation petition filed in the Supreme Court as well as the case filed at labour court, the Minister said, adding that the workers would be compensated on humanitarian grounds.