The Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa revealed a deal in which Sri Lanka is set to spend 1.5 billion USD, which is more than the market value for 4.5 million MT of coal.
Mr. Premadasa demanded the reason for the government spending Rs. 524 billion when people lack food and shelter.
“How can the country’s limited dollar reserves be used to purchase coal at a price higher than the market value? Some argue that the coal will be used to generate electricity at the Norochcholai power plant. Coal is, indeed, required. But why can’t it be bought at market value, at a fair price?” the Leader of the Opposition demanded.
He also demanded to know why a price higher than the market value was being paid and who was receiving the commission.
Mr. Premadasa also demanded that there be a tender procedure and that the proposal be unsolicited.
“Is the government attempting to earn money from coal while people are queuing for fuel, rice, and milk powder?” said Mr. Sajith Premadasa.
He also asked the government to provide information or make a statement about the coal deal during tomorrow’s (29) Parliamentary sitting.