The CHOGM 2013 website that the Government claims costed Rs. 15 million is nothing more than a rehashed version of the website created by the same Australian software firm that designed the website for the Commonwealth meeting in Perth, the Opposition charged yesterday.
“All they have done is to change the Perth pictures to Sri Lankan pictures and changed the photographs of the business leaders and officials – and it’s the same thing,” de Silva told reporters earlier today.
It was surreal that the Government had spent this kind of money on a website De Silva said, adding that the proposed Media Centre for the summit had also cost Rs. 800 million.
“The Government is in debt to hotels in Colombo after the infamous IIFA. It spent Rs. 8 billion for its failed bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2018 in Hambantota,” he charged.
He recalled that senior Government officials who were part of that delegation had danced in a chain at St. Kitts, having a rolicking time at the public’s expense.
“We wonder how much the cost of this show will be,” De Silva said, adding that the Government is yet to reveal anything about expenditure for the Summit in Parliament.