The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) revealed that two consultants appointed on the recommendation of former Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella to the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd and the Media Ministry had been paid Rs. 1.8 million and Rs. 900,000 respectively.
The Attorney General informed the Committee that a consultant who was recruited to the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd on December 7, 2020 had been paid Rs. 1.8 million and another consultant who had been released to the Media Ministry had been paid a consultancy fee of Rs. 900,000 without obtaining any consultations to the Company.
It was revealed that the appointments had been made on the recommendation of a former minister and the Committee held that the Board of Directors of Lake House should be held responsible.
The Media Ministry Secretary was advised to look into the matter and submit a report within two weeks.
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