Action has been taken with immediate effect to interdict 05 employees having connection with corruption and fraud taken place at the time of distribution of fertilizer during the year 2018/2019.This decision was taken based on many charges including preparation of forged documents including alteration of the reports of laboratory tests. Accordingly, 03 Assistant Directors and 02 Development Officers previously worked in National Fertilizer Secretariat have been interdicted. Minister of Agriculture, Mahindananda Aluthgamage had kept a continuous watch on the delay in carrying out the investigations on this fraud. Members of Parliament also raised questions in Parliament recently, from the Ministerregarding this corruption. This fraud includes even the preparation of forged laboratory test reports for non-standard fertilizers. According to the Auditor General’s report, the investigations on the said fraud were carried out. Keeping with the request of the Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Ministry Secretary retired Major General Mr. Sumedha Pereira appointed A Special Committee to look into the said fraud matters. Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage continuously had made several requests to accelerate the investigations on the corruption of 201 million public funds took place in the Fertilizer Corporations and the investigations on around the 1.2billion rupees of public funds which have been revealed according to the Auditor General’s report.
The Minister, during his visit he made to Lak Fertilizer Corporation recently, also asked the relevant authorities to accelerate the investigations on the said corruption. That is why, the Committee appointed with the instruction of the Minister carried out these investigations. This Committee has recommended interdicting 05 employees connected with the said corruptions and frauds. The Committee report with regard to the matter was handed over to the Ministry Secretary, retired Major General Mr. Sumedha Pereira and subsequently the report had been referred to Mr. N.M. Ranasinghe, the Secretary to the State Ministry of Fertilizer Production and Supply and Regulation of Use of Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides, for necessary action. Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage also informed the relevant authorities to take legal action even through Criminal Investigation Department apart from the investigations being carried out at Ministry level. It has been recommended that even the report of Auditor General be referred to Criminal Investigation Department. Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage informed that all the legal actions should be immediately taken against alleged frauds, regardless holding their status, and political friendship and personal relation etc.
More than 69 lakhs of people of this country brought His Excellency the President Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksha with a firm hope of building the country free from corruptions and frauds, bring it back to development, restoring with a decent nation and establishing the concept of one-nation and one-law. Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, therefore, asked his authorities to take hard and fast legal actions against all corruptions and fraud as well as to carry out them in an efficient manner. Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, further asked not to limit to the word of interdiction, but be fully cooperated to the team carrying out the investigation in this regard and bring all the culprits who have involved in corruption of public funds, before the law.