Going beyond PM’s orders, Ministerial Secretary in a move to sign RMV contracts?

Going beyond PM’s orders, Ministerial Secretary in a move to sign RMV contracts?

30 June 2020 08:30 am

Secretary to the Transport Ministry Gamini Seneviratne and Transport Commissioner (Information Technology) of the Department of Motor Traffic Thushara Suraweera are at an attempt to extend the contract on printing drivers' licenses barred by Prime Minister's orders, sources said. 

The contract on printing drivers' licenses had been subjected to allegations of serious corruption, against which Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had ordered to halt further extension. Accordingly, the contract which was set for an extension of two years on June 29 had been cancelled.

However, the aforesaid two officials are at a continuous move to proceed the contract by any means necessary, according to sources. 

Secretary to the Transport Ministry Gamini Seneviratne was set for retirement on June 18, however, remains in his position without any service extension on the objective of extending the printing contract, they added.

According to dept officials, the affair on printing drivers' licenses can be implemented by the department itself, for which case they have informed the top officials as well. 

The printing cost for a driver's license is daily amounting to below Rs. 100. However, the government had paid a South African company for the affair amounting to Rs. 1340 per license. The new contract was set to reduce the nubmers to Rs. 1000. 

It has been eleven years since the new system was introduced for the issuance of drivers' licenses, but the machinery required to test the chip is yet to be imported. 

In the backdrop, the government had paid billions of rupees to the said South African company for the chip.