Instead of doing so, they too are working in certain underhand deals with the CFHC and that is why the Ministry has failed to take any action against the corrupt officials,” a senior ministry official said on basis of anonymity.
Meanwhile, Chairman CFHC Upali Liyanage has come under severe criticism for all the irregularities taking place over the years and for bypassing government directives.
“In a letter dated December 31, 2010 to all Ministry Secretaries, Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry Secretary P. B. Abeykoon wanted not to make new recruitments for any temporary, casual, substitute, contract and relief basis posts. Deviating from instructions of the Management Services Department of the General Treasury, Chairman Liyanage appointed a Legal Consultant on contract basis on February 23, 2012 for three months and it was later extended for a further three months on May 27, 2012. He is still functioning as the Legal Consultant to the CFHC although he is now over 60 years of age,” said the sources.
The Corporation is also accused of giving fuel to the amount of Rs.7. 29 million on credit to fishing boats although this has been barred for a longer period. This fuel has been given for political stooges and has failed to recover the amount for the past one year,” added the sources.
According to an audit query dated June 5, 2013 CFHC has failed to recover Rs.5. 29 million in the form of rent from the CFHC properties that has been leased out.
Calling for clarifications from the CFHC, the audit query states as thus, “Although there are three legal officers including the Legal Consultant at CFHC, they have failed to take any remedy to recover the rents over the years.
Although this has been emphasized on earlier audit queries as well, the CFHC management has failed to take any action to recover the same”.
“It is the COPE that will decide on them. I am unable to answer your questions as I am not aware of most of these things as I assumed duties in this ministry only three months earlier,” he said.
Meanwhile, refuting allegations Chairman CFHC Upali Liyanage said that there is no wrong in getting delayed to answer the audit queries as it is not done purposely.
“I know I am responsible for all these but what can we do when they are not paying us,” he added.
Responding as to why his corporation has footed the fuel bill for three Fisheries Ministry vehicles, Liyanage said that CFHC is not at fault for this accusation.