Contractors lost Rs. 68,000 m because of Basil

Medium scale contractors have lost more than Rs. 68 billion due to the contracts they had been given in a haphazard manner by former minister Basil Rajapaksa. The contractors say government authorities have refused them payment since the contracts had been given outside the government procedure.

Most of these contracts had been given in the mid-2014, with the contractors getting a 39 per cent commission. Basil had later got them to contribute 20 pc for the election campaign.

Grade one and two contractors have been unaffected by this as they had received the major contracts in accordance with the procedures. The medium level contractors request the president to intervene immediately and ensure justice for them. Or else, a large number of their workforce will lose their jobs, they say.

When contacted, a spokesman for the highways ministry confirmed having received several complaints. The subject minister did not respond to our calls to inquire from him about the action that could be taken regarding the complaints.

Parakrama Dissanayake

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