JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday expressed his amazement on the manner in which public finances had been unnecessarily and freely spent during the CHOGM in 2013.
While raising a question in the Parliament last evening he had said that it is appalling that a Rs. 10 million had been spent for one diner costs alone of journalists both foreign and local who covered the event.
“Why has a sum of Rs. 10 million been spent as entertainment costs? Had they made salads out of Rs. 5000 notes?” he had questioned.
Meanwhile responding to MP Dissanayake’s question, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake had said the Mass Media and Information Ministry alone had spent a whopping Rs. 1.177 billion for as publicity and media coverage costs of CHOGM to which included the following expenses:
Rs. 828 million – construction and maintenance of media center
Rs. 180 million – publicity programs in electronic media
Rs. 144 million – public awareness programs
Rs. 4 million – purchase of office equipment
Rs. 396, 696 – creation of the official go and newspaper advertisements