For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Dues amounting to millions of rupees are yet to be recovered by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) from airtime for election campaigns, and once again the government is the main culprit behind the abuse of state resources.
The dues to the SLRC from airtime for election campaigns stand at a staggering Rs. 42,640,586 (approximately Rs. 42 million) as at July 27, 2010. The airtime had been allocated to parties affiliated to the governing UPFA. The Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) had in August 2010 maintained that there is inefficiency in collecting cash from debtors by the Corporation.