- The Secretary to the President appoints a three-member committee
- Govt. losing considerable revenue due to non-disposal of waste – PMD
The government yesterday appointed a committee to oversee scrap metal disposal in the public sector, an effort to adopt responsible waste disposal methods.
The first step in this endeavor was the appointment of a committee to oversee and implement the entire process of disposing of scrap metal accumulated in public sector institutions.
The measure is the implementation of a proposal made during the interim budget unveiled last week by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
“It has been noted that due to the failure to dispose of waste in time, the government has lost a considerable amount of revenue. In addition, office spaces in government buildings are also clogged and unnecessarily occupied due to overfilling of this material,” said the statement released by the president’s office.
In an effort to resolve the problem, the president’s office has stressed the need to dispose of scrap metal as soon as possible.
Members of the committee who were appointed by Secretary to President EMS B. Ekanayake included Ramya Kanthi (Chairman), Comptroller General, Comptroller General’s Department, General Treasury, S U. Chandrakumaran, Additional General Manager Department of Public Finance, General Treasury , JMSN Jayasinghe, Deputy Director General Department of Public Enterprises, General Treasury.
The appointed committee must complete the divestiture process by December 5, 2022. The committee is responsible for issuing circular instructions to all agencies; Identify the scraps available from the institutions, establish a list of materials to be disposed of by the institutions, ensure the appointment of the competent evaluation commissions by each agency, obtain the list of the amount of the evaluation relating to the scraps from each agency, supervise the disposal procedure, ensuring the removal of material after sale, and establishing a combined report relating to the disposal of waste materials involving all institutions.