The Ceylon Electricity Board Employees Union has called for the Ceylon Electricity Board to make public the list of Members of Parliament who have faulted on settling monthly electricity tariffs.
Chief Secretary Ranjan Jayalal speaking to media in Colombo said a significant number of MPs do not settle monthly electricity and water tariffs.
He said if an individual fails to settle a Rs.500 bill for three months, the power supply is disrupted, a surcharge fee is added to the bill, and a reconnecting fee of Rs.3,000 is also charged.
Jayalal said Minister Keheliya Rabukwella’s electricity bill was more than Rs.12 million yet his power supply was not disrupted, adding if it was disrupted, his reconnecting fee too would be Rs.3,000 and questioned if such a move is justified.
The trade union member questioned if Members of Parliament are beggars who are unable to settle electricity bills.
Jayalal said politicians beg for votes and enter Parliament, and said not a single Minister was captured waiting in line to pump fuel, yet the public that voted for the MPs are queued for fuel, to pay bills, and also face power disruptions.
Jayalal claimed the law is not being upheld.