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* President’s Secretary orders closure of Public Utilities Commission
Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 11:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka P.B. Jayasundera has instructed the closure of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator and the designated regulator for water services.

The Secretary to the President in a letter to the Secretary of Treasury S.R. Attygalle drawing attention to the budget proposals to create an efficient work environment to implement the power generation plan which according to him has been lagging behind for some time, instructed to take necessary steps to close the regulatory commission.

“I am advised to instruct you to take necessary procedural steps to close Public Utility Commission,” Jayasundera wrote suggesting to reassign the “technical staff to the Department of National Planning and also deploy such staff to the Ministry of Power and to this office depending on their competencies to serve in respective places on planning and analytical work.”

As tariff and connected regulatory work Is within the Government purview, certain relevant provisions in the Public Utility Commission Act could be incorporated in Consumer Affairs Authority and Ceylon Electricity Board Act when Public Utility Commission Act is replaced in due course, he said.

Following is the full text of the Secretary Jayasundera’s letter:

 

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