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* Sri Lankan government asked to assign buses imported for CHOGM to state sector transport
Sat, Dec 14, 2013, 11:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 14, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to the state transport sector in Sri Lanka has called on the government to assign the buses imported for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB).

The All Ceylon Transport Workers' Union (ACTWU) has stated that the 100 luxury buses imported for CHOGM should be assigned to the SLTB for public transport.

General Secretary of the Union, Sepala Liyanage said that instead of providing it for public use, the buses are still parked at the Finance Ministry.

Liyanage in a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa has asked the President to investigate the reason for the buses not being assigned to the SLTB as earlier stated.

He has noted that the SLTB is in desperate need of new buses and better facilities to continue serving the public.

"The government said these 100 buses will be given to the SLTB, but now we have received information that the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance is planning on selling these buses to some private companies," Liyanage has pointed out.

He has added that there are 25,000 licensed private buses in the country while there are only 4,500 SLTB buses.

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