The Leader of the National People's Power (NPP) made this observation while participating in the Committee stage debate on Budget 2021 in Parliament yesterday (28).
Furthermore, drawing attention to nepotism, Dissanayake revealed details regarding the sale of the lucrative bunkering business by former Minister Milinda Moragoda, during his tenure as the then Minister of Economic Reforms, to John Keells Holdings in 2002.
The newly appointed Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda, is a brother-in-law of Krishan Balendra, the current chairman of John Keells Holdings (JKH).
A company called Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) was set up handing over 1/3 of the ownership of the Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela oil storage facilities to Indian Oil Company (IOC) and the other 2/3 to the CPC.
Noting that around 96% to 99% of CPSTL's warehouses contained petroleum belonging to the CPC, Anura Kumara Dissanayake said in Parliament yesterday (28) that the profits of those operations are flowing to the Indian Oil Corporation instead.
He further said that the government should look into acquiring the Trincomalee oil tank farm to increase the country's storage capacity.