Minister Johnston sees rip-off in scanning containers
Minister of Roads and Highways and Minister of Ports & Shipping, Johnston Fernando yesterday urged the ports officials to scan containers efficiently so that the would not no delays.
“The scanning issue at the Colombo Port was raised on many occasions. We need to scan containers but it has to be done systematically. This scanning process was created by the previous administration
to make a quick buck. Rs. 3 billion was spent on these scanners. No funding has come from foreign investors.”
Fernando added that USD 12 was charged to scan each container. USD 2 is given to Customs and the Port didn’t get any money from the operation. “Out of the 10 remaining USD, 4 goes to a politician. I have lodged a complaint with the Prime Minister.”
(Source: The Island)
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Can the port Authority go for new and latest technology using the latest scanning equpiment. Investors are waiting to install new US scanners with no burden with a total investment and the government and country can earn a percentage from the income generated from the scanning charges which is around $ 12 per container. The existing scanners could be sent back as this deal was rushed by the preivoius regime mainly to earn an income.
Stop the Scan, Johnston,
That will ensure free-flow of kudu.
you are exactly rite Mr.Ravi Almeida not only kudu lots more lots more after all this is the Banana Republic