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'Appointing a Committee on CAA vehicle issue'-Rishad.

Colombo, June 2 -- Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, in his statement, says that some weekend press reports about him using vehicles of Consumer Affairs Authority 'are false' -and appointing a Committee to look into it.

The statement of Minister Bathiudeen is reproduced in full below:

1. During this weekend and on Monday 01 June, some Sinhala language newspapers quoting CAA internal sources and CAA employees, made several erroneous statements.

2. Firstly, one allegation was that four of the eight vehicles, allocated to the Consumer Affairs Authority under me, are being used by me, depriving the CAA of their use.

3. Today I categorically and clearly state that I have not taken any CAA vehicles for my use nor deprived CAA of any vehicles allocated to them. This is a false allegation.

4. I shall be appointing a Committee to look into the CAA vehicle issue.

5. Also, quoting CAA internal sources and CAA employees, news reports further alleged that I have suggested to the Chairman of the CAA to "collect a 10 percent commission from pharmaceutical companies during the process of market pricing formula of their pharmaceuticals."

6. I categorically deny this allegation as it is false and erroneous. I have never made any such suggestions.

7. The news reports alleged that I am planning to remove CAA Chairman as a result, which is also a false statement.

8. I agree that we are planning to take in a new Chairman to the CAA.

9. However, I categorically and clearly state that I am not planning to remove the current CAA Chairman intentionally as a result of him not agreeing to me.

10. In fact, there is no plan by me to intentionally remove him from CAA and this is also a false statement.

11. The incumbent Chairman has been holding the position for around ten years as a political appointee of the previous administration and when the new administration was elected in January 2015, it is clear that his position gets vacated.

12. The reality is that, he never tendered his resignation. In fact, the incumbent CAA Chairman appealed to us to let him continue for another three months. Accordingly, we extended.

13. The agreement was for him to stay for another three-month's period and no longer, and then to retire from CAA.

14. The end of this additional three month grace period ended already.

15. Therefore we are now planning to appoint a new Chairman to CAA.

16. We also wish to extend our thanks to the outgoing Chairman for his services to Sri Lanka's consumers through CAA.

17. I request the media to refrain from publishing such and becoming contributors to false propaganda and appeal to give the same prominence and publicity to this statement in their publications as well.

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Publication:Asian Tribune (India)
Date:Jun 2, 2015
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