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SriLankan Commission to get cracking

The Presidential Commission investigating alleged fraud, corruption and misdeeds in SriLankan Airlines will begin recording evidence and other information within the next two weeks, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

The President said SriLankan Airlines should be maintained as a quality airline by preserving its international image.

The President said this during a discussion held with a delegation of the Alliance of Trade Unions attached to SriLankan Airlines held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday morning.

Delegates from five of the six trade unions attached to SriLankan Airlines attended.

The delegates expressed their views and suggestions regarding the future maintenance of the Airline after resolving current issues after a detached account about its present status.

The President emphasised the need to improve the service and other standards in the airline to ensure a happy and contented journey for the passengers.

The trade union delegates expressed their appreciation to the President for appointing a commission to probe the Airlines’ alleged past misdeeds and creating the background for the company to conduct its functions in an orderly and transparent manner, a press release by the President’s Media Division said.

The President said the Commission appointed by him will consider information provided by all parties including trade unions and take immediate measures to submit recommendations to the government without delay.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Lakshman Kirella and Mangala Samaraweera, Secretary to the President Austion Fernando, Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R.H.S.Samaratunge, Ministry Secretaries, National Economic Council Chairman Prof.Lalith Samarakoon and Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Ranjith Fernando and Directors were present.