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JVP asks why a private company was trusted for liquid nitrogen fertiliser transactions

Questioning the reason why a private entity was trusted for the liquid nitrogen fertiliser money transactions, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) former MP Sunil Handunnetti stated that for dealings between India and Sri Lanka, transactions should be done through a state company.

He made this statement during a JVP press conference held yesterday (24).

“They have opened an account for international transactions on the 18th of October, on the same day the funds were transferred from the treasury. A private company cannot transfer funds when it comes to a state transaction. The cabinet decision was reached on the 19th of October. How can they open an international account on the very same day that the money was to be transferred? The funds had arrived prior to the cabinet decision was reached,” said Handunneti.

He went on to clarify that the cabinet decision stated that the transaction was to be done by the Colombo Fertiliser Company, whereas claimed that the transaction was done by the local agent of the Indian fertiliser company.

Additionally, Handunnetti questioned the transparency of the cabinet decisions, alleging that cabinet decisions are reached based on “personal intentions” in mind, and claimed that the people’s money was used for businesses.

Handunnetti concluded by questioning the Government as to who made such decisions to allow this “underhand deal” instead of using the Ceylon Fertiliser Company for the transaction.