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Oral Question Answer Hon. Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke in Parliament on 18th Jan 2012 QN.0653/10

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Parliamentary Question No.0653/10

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake  - To ask the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs  - (1)

Question:    (a)    Will he inform this House  -

(i)    The amount of money allocated to the commission to investigate Bribery or Corruption for the last 08 years, on per year basis;

Answer    The amounts of money allocated to the Commission to investigate Bribery or Corruption for the last 08 years are as follows:

 

Question:    (a)

ii)    the number of complaints made and the number of cases investigated;

Answer:    The number of complaints received by the commission yearly during the aforesaid period and the number of cases referred for investigation each year are given below separately:

 

Question:    (a)

iii)    the number of cases convicted?

Answer:    Yes, the number of cases convicted during the said period are as follows:-

 


Question:    (b)    Will he admit that -

i)    there are much more bribery and corruption cases to be investigated than the number of cases convicted;

Answer:    Once the Commission is satisfied that of the complaints received there are complaints that call for investigation, the orders would be given for investigation.

Question:    (b)

ii)    the Commission lost its efficiency and the independency?

Answer:    No.

Question:    (c)    Will he state -

i)    If (b) (ii) is invalid, the reason for the prevailing situation in the Commission and the remedy for it;

Answer:    Since this Commission is currently fully functional there is no need for remedial measures to be taken.

Question:    (c)

ii)    whether the bribery and corruption is a curse and a road block to fight development;

Answer:    It is an accepted fact that the prevalence of bribery and corruption will seriously affect a country’s development.

Question:    (c)

iii)    if so, as to why a non-political and totally independent Commission is not being established to root out corruptions?

Answer:    This problem will not arise in view of the fact that there is already such a commission in operation.

Question:    (d)    If not, why?

Answer:    Does not arise.