The Samagi Jana Balawegaya claims statements made by a group of government MPs pertaining to the incident in which several files of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority was reported missing, are false.
Parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara said tenders to purchase rapid antigen test kits were called online, and not in person, as claimed by the group of government MPs.
MP Nanayakkara therefore strongly condemned the claims made by the group that COVID-related data has not been erased from the system.
MP Manusha Nanayakkara claimed that while an investigation is underway to determine how data of the NMRA went missing, the group of Parliamentarians had arrived as Criminal Investigation Department officers and revealed false data to the public.
MP Nanayakkara said the group had stated that the data that was missing had not caused any damage as files related to COVID-19 had been documented manually, and not online.
The MP stated however that when rapid antigen test kits were brought down, the tenders were only accepted through the online system.
He further claimed the Ministry of Health had called for tenders to allow only one company to import rapid antigen tests kits.
MP Nanayakkara questioned who the government is protecting, and claimed that persons who obtain special permission can now import medicine without having been registered with the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.
MP Nanayakkara claimed the truth behind the matter the MPs attempted to conceal was revealed.
He stated a new tender was called to purchase one million rapid antigen test kits and questioned how many kits are available in the country at present.
The MP said the United States had provided 500,000 test kits and nearly 500,000 kits purchased earlier are still available.
He added around 15,000 test kits are being used daily, and questioned why new kits are being ordered in haste, and whether it was to benefit associates of the government.
MP Nanayakkara said the tender had stated Rs.1,132 million will be charged for the rapid antigen test kits, while claiming that there is a clear connection between the plans to gain profits, missing data from the NMRA and MPs attempting to cover it up.