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Five year Action Plan against bribery and corruption is launched

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 18, 2019 19:25

Five year Action Plan against bribery and corruption is launched

The Five Year National Action Plan for the elimination of Bribery and Corruption was launched today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Addressing the function organized in this respect, the President said that even though there was an explicit programme to crackdown on bribery and corruption, a problematic situation has arisen in the country in enforcing the law against the offenders.
Chairman of the Bribery or Corruption Investigations Commission President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne handed over to the President the Five Year Action Plan on the elimination of Bribery and Corruption.
The five year plan has been prepared with the aim of achieving economic, social, cultural, environmental and sustainable development by eliminating fraud and corruption in the country.
Views have been obtained from intellectuals, foreign experts and public by holding about 40 rounds of discussions.
Further expressing his views on the occasion, President Maithripala Sirisena said that strong decisions which had not been taken by any other Government had been taken during the last four years with the aim of ending bribery and corruption.
The President alleged that Singaporean authorities were yet to support the extradition of bond scam fugitive Arjuna Mahendran. He said he attended the UN Environment Programme in Singapore recently to hold talks with the Singaporean government on the extradition of Mr. Mahendran. However, he said Singapore had yet to clarify whether former Central Bank governor Mahendran was residing in their country or not. Expressing satisfaction over the investigations carried out by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe into the bond scam, he lamented that the main suspect in the case had not been arrested yet. He claimed that the government of Singapore was displaying a hesitant approach despite INTERPOL alerts being issued on Mr Mahendran and despite assurances by the Singaporean Prime Minister to extend support with regard to the extradition.
Members of the Maha Sangha of the three Nikayas, the clergy of other religions, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya as well as a large gathering including local and foreign representatives joined in the occasion.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 18, 2019 19:25