unethical, says Board
Udaya's company handled SLTB
Dut Holdings, a company owned by Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB)
chairman, Udaya Nanayakkara has refurbished furniture at the board
premises but the state agency has denied accusations of favouritism
in the tender process.
General of SLTB, S. Kalaiselvam, who is also the Chairman of the
Tender Board, said he didn't think it was unethical for the contract
to be given to DUT Holdings as there are procedures that the tender
board follows and that Mr. Nanayakkara has every right (for his
company to submit a tender).
was asked by The Sunday Times FT as to whether or not it is ethical
for the Chairman of SLTB to be awarded the contract to refurbish
his own office. The Board called for tenders from companies six
months ago for a refurbishment of furniture and the contract was
given to Nanayakkara's company, one of the applicants.
other members of the tender board are the Financial Director of
SLTB and the Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Tourism. The SLTB
chairman was not available for comment and his office told The Sunday
Times FT to clarify the issue from the DG.
is currently undergoing further refurbishment, amounting to around
Rs 20-25 million. A central air-conditioning, electronic attendance
system and renovation of the car park are all included with the
contracts been given to various companies.