Paying NFTH’s bank loans VAC accuses Govt of misusing people’s money

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By 2017-09-14

BY Rishini Jayarathna

The Government is misusing people's money to pay Dr. Neville Fernando's debts to Bank of Ceylon, Voice Against Corruption (VAC) convener Wasantha Samarasinghe alleged.

According to him, the Government has only entered into a joint agreement with the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) and not a lease agreement.

Samarasinghe addressing the media in Colombo claimed: "Neville Fernando has taken Rs 2,466 million from the Bank of Ceylon from time to time. Now, the Government is trapped into covering all the bank debts on behalf Dr. Neville Fernando. In order to do that, the Government pays the loan instalments for the NFTH."

"The Government would have to pay the loan instalments on the Rs 2,466 million within 10 years. The instalment for August has already been paid by the Government to NFTH. Instead of having to pay the loan to NFTH for ten years, the Government could have built a new hospital," he added.

Samarasinghe claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne and the entire Government was supporting fraudsters. "It is unfair by the general public when the Government does not take action against fraud," he added.

Samarasinghe added, "Not only should the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA), university students, and trade unions, but the entire country should take a stand against the Government's careless activities. He added that legal action should immediately be taken against the Government."



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