CEB & PUCSL officials report to National Council over electricity tariffs

January 20, 2023 at 5:32 PM

The Board of Directors and officers representing several institutions including the Sri Lanka Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) were summoned and questioned at the National Council regarding the increase in electricity charges.

The Parliament said in a statement that the National Council met in Parliament yesterday (19)  under the chairmanship of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana and with the presence of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The officials representing the CEB pointed out that the PUCSL should quickly give a decision on the proposal to increase electricity charges brought in by the CEB recently along with the approval of the Cabinet.

Making a remark, the Chairman of the PUCSL mentioned that the necessary calculations should be completed first.

Accordingly, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said that the CEB and the PUCSL should discuss this matter and take a final decision. Therefore, after such discussions, it was decided to call all these parties to the National Council again on Tuesday (24).

In addition to this, the draft of the final report of the National Council sub-committee on identifying programs related to economic stabilization was also presented to the National Council by the chairman of the said committee MP Patali Champika Ranawaka.

Ministers Tiran Alles, Kanchana Wijesekera, Nassir Ali Ahmed, State Ministers D. V. Chanaka, Sisira Jayakody, Indika Anuruddha, Anuradha Jayaratne, and Members of Parliament Johnston Fernando, Patali Champika Ranawaka, and A. L. M. Athaullah were present at the Committee meeting. 

Furthermore, the Secretary General of the Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake and the Chief of Staff and Deputy General Secretary of Parliament Kushani Rohanadeera also participated in the Committee meeting. (NewsWire)