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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2736

Ceylon Electricity Board ex-GM risk losing all retirement perks

Munza Mushtaq- Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 20 October, ( Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) former General Manager Ranjith Fonseka faces the risk of losing all his retirement benefits in the event he is found guilty of several charges including the receiving of a monthly allowance amounting to more than Rs. 14,000 sans Board approval and his alleged physical assault against former Vice Chairman Chula de Silva.

The charge sheet was served on Mr. Fonseka just days before he officially retired from the CEB, which was during the first week of October. However Mr. Fonseka when contacted refused to comment as to how he would plead to the charges claiming that, "this is my private matter, and I will face it at the right time."

It is learnt that Mr. Fonseka who celebrated his retirement in style with a major bash at a leading five star hotel in Colombo had gone on a verbal tirade against some engineers and other top officials at the CEB.

The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has meanwhile issued orders to stop all payments including the payment of Mr. Fonseka's monthly pensions until the investigations are concluded.

"However in the event Mr. Fonseka is found guilty of the charges, or if he fails to respond to the charge sheet within the given period, the CEB would consider him guilty and disciplinary action would be meted out against him, thereby him losing all his retirement benefits," sources said.

The receiving of an illegal allowance came to light In early April 2005, when the Chairman and members of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) had questioned the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) then Chairman Ananda Gunasekera as to how the General Manager were receiving multiple allowances without Board approval, including a project allowance which is not entitled to the General Manager.

According to the Management Circular 10 of the Ministry of Finance: only the project staff directly involved in foreign-funded projects fulfilling a certain criteria is entitled to such allowances. The eligible project staff includes project directors and project engineers. Thus, the General Manger are not entitled to receive it under the applicable Government Circulars.

- Asian Tribune -

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