Transparency International Sri Lanka Chapter is to launch their new programme against corruption in Tsunami reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka. The programme aims to collect details of Tsunami-related corruption and channel them to the relevant authorities for further action.
At a press conference held this week, the officials of TISL said that they hoped to visit the Tsunami affected areas and meet people who wished to make complaints whilst gathering more information. They expect the public to inform them of any incidents related to corruption in the Tsunami reconstruction process.
The project would be implemented for a period of five months. The first month has been allocated for collecting public complaints. TISL officials will meet the people of the affected areas through public forums in Hambantota, Matara, Galle, Kalutara and Colombo. All evidence will be analysed to get a perspective of corruption patterns in Tsunami recovery process. Complaints against corruption which warrant prosecution will be forwarded to the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Public Administration, Bribery Commission, Auditor General’s Department and Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau.
The complaints are expected to be lodged through hot-line 011-5627432 or be sent through fax to 011-2592287. The complaints can also be posted to No. 28/1, Buller’s Lane, Colombo 07, or to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.