by Dinasena Ratugamage
Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said that all government funds received during his tenure as the CM had been spent.
Wigneswaran said not a cent had been returned to the Treasury. The retired Supreme Court justice said so in response to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s claim in India during his recent visit that funds allocated to the NPC had been returned.
Wigneswaran questioned whether Premier Rajapaksa had made a deliberate attempt to deceive the public and score some points over the former NP administration.
Reiterating that money hadn’t been returned during his five-year tenure as the CM, Wigneswaran claimed that he had received Rs 1,650 mn in 2012 though he asked for Rs 12,000 mn. He asked how he could have returned funds when the Rajapaksa administration had not given the amount the NPC had asked for. In the following years, too, sufficient funds had not been made available, Wigneswaran said, alleging that funds which should have been allocated to the NP had been released to various ministers.
The former TNA heavyweight said that in terms of 1992/58 Act, the government had regained 50 per cent of powers devolved to the provinces under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
Wigneswaran urged PM Rajapaksa to inquire into how funds allocated for NP had been spent and whether unutilized funds had been returned to the Treasury.