Dec 28, 2018

Electricity consumers to benefit in the future

The Ceylon Electricity Board would be made a profit making institution and its profits would benefit the consumers, said Power and Energy and Enterprise Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

He said this during a meeting he had today with 58 union representatives.

The union members had pointed out that there are many institutions, including the CEB that is being run without proper financial discipline and that despite the large number of CEB workers, power supply is being outsourced, causing the CEB heavy losses. They also alleged that union representatives were personally targeted during the previous regime and circulars were issued in this regard.

Expressing his views the minister said he intends to correct the financial disparities within the CEB, adding that he expects the support of the unions despite their personal differences.

He said the sole intention should be to make the CEB a profit generating institution and ensure that the consumer receives the benefits by way of reductions in their electricity bills.

The meeting was held at the ministry auditorium with the participation of State Minister Champika Premadasa, Ministry Secretary Dr. B.M.S. Batagoda, General Secretary of the CEB National Union Ranjan Jayalal, Conference Secretary Ajith Devapriya and several others.

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