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Ruling party owes LKS9.1 M to state TV

SLRC loses Rs.131M because of Carlton Network: Ravi .
The Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) has lost Rs.131 million by transferring broadcasting rights to Carlton Sports Network (CSN) and thus giving up the sole broadcasting rights of sports programmes, United National Party (UNP) front-liner Ravi Karunanayake told Parliament yesterday.

He said this was a serious matter because losses incurred by state institutions were losses incurred by the people.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who responded said this issue was not relevant to the segment on oral questions. He said the Peoples Bank, National Insurance Trust Fund, National Construction Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cricket, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Central Environment Authority and the Health Education Bureau owed a total of Rs.7.9 million to the SLRC as at November 5 this year.

It has also been disclosed that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) owed Rs.9.1 million to SLRC. (Yohan Perera)

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