Minister Dhammika Perera speaking to a political programme aired on TV Derana said he took over the Ministry of Investment Promotion with the intention of spending Rs. 50 million a month on personal wealth to expedite its affairs.
“One thing, I must say. If I was to work by calling in tenders, it will take a lot of time. Therefore, I took over this ministry with the intention of spending Rs. 50 million a month on personal wealth as well. So, I will be able to do anything with an amount like that. I sat on this chair by allocating a budget as such for me. Otherwise, I have no intention of owning the government’s money. I am donating Rs. 50 million a month on my personal wealth for the people. Dhammika Perera is not somebody who waits for three months by calling in tenders for affairs. If I want it now, I want to collect it by evening. You cannot collect the government’s money by evening, can you? That being said, private monies are spent. So, I sat on this chair in preparation for everything.”