President Maithripala Sirisena, at a special meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday, said that strict action will be taken in order prevent fraud and corruption from taking place in the transport sector, and also to prevent the extortion from buses.
The meeting was held to discuss issues in transport sector.
Provincial Ministers of Transport from the nine provinces in the country, participated in this discussion.
The president noted that even though they function as nine provinces, steps must be taken as a country according to a single policy, to solve issues relating to the field of transport.
The president also affirmed that the government will take strict action to change all negative situations in all sectors of the country, including those marred by fraud, corruption and irregularities.
The president added that the Provincial Passenger Transport Authority, the private buses and the Sri Lanka Transport Board operate from bus stands, and the level of corruption that takes place in regard to this is well-known.
“I believe that you are aware the amount that is extorted from the bus drivers and bus owners through intimidation”, pointed out President Sirisena, who went on to note that the previous government did not interfere in this matter. He said however that the new government will not turn a blind eye and stated that action must be taken and needs to implemented.