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* Sri Lanka's private bus owners criticize the Bribery Commission for failure to act on complaints
Mon, Mar 24, 2014, 08:21 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: Private bus owners in Sri Lanka says the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has failed to inquire into a complaint lodged by the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA).

Head of the LPBOA, Gemunu Wijerathna told the media that the Commission has failed to act on a complaint filed by the Association against the Chairman of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Roshan Gunawardena.

He explained that the LPBOA had filed a complaint with the Bribery Commissioner on the 18th of this month against Gunawardena's move to grant route permits for buses to ply on the Kottawa-Matara highway in violation of the proper tender procedures.

He further noted that on august 13, 2013, the NTC had published a tender for buses to apply for route permits on the highway and the LPBOA had also submitted its tender application. However, the NTC had later said the tender was scrapped.

According to Wijerathna, a new tender was not published by the NTC in lieu of the tender that was scrapped, but bus routes were awarded.

A complaint was therefore lodged with the Bribery Commission by the LPBOA.

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