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  • Council to pay its bills using Welfare Society funds
  • KUC employees up in arms

 

 

"A UPFA councillor proposed that the Welfare Society pay Rs 200,000 towards  the urban council New Year festival, Rs. 100,000 to a pre-school run by  the council and a further Rs. 100,000 for miscellaneous projects  undertaken by the UC    "

 

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By Dayarathna Pathirana

Although a proposal made by a Kesbewa Urban Councillor (KUC) to use Rs. 400,000 of the funds collected by its Welfare Society to pay off council bills, it was rejected at a council meeting. But KUC chairman said that it was not.  


A UPFA councillor proposed the Welfare Society pay Rs 200,000 towards the urban council New Year festival, Rs. 100,000 to a pre-school run by the council and a further Rs. 100,000 for miscellaneous projects undertaken by the UC.    


KUC employees carried out a poster campaign against the proposal. The UPFA councillor who made the proposal said  it could be taken up or rejected by the council and abstained from voting.  


Out of the 210 KUC employees 185 are members of the Welfare Society. Several councillors pointed out the funds collected by the Welfare Society were used to assist employees and their family members to meet funeral expenses and that a canteen too had been provided to members in 2010.


Despite the request made by the Oppositions to remove the proposal, the governing party said it would be amended but not removed.  
When the matter was taken up thereafter, the Opposition along with two UPFA councillors voted against the proposal while other UPFA members refrained from voting. The next matter was taken up by the chairman who did not confirm if the proposal was rejected.


When contacted Chairman of the Urban Council Sumana Viviyan Ranaweera said the proposal had not been rejected. Speaking of the petition, he said it was only given to him five minutes before the council meeting was to begin.  


“They should have discussed the matter with me. However, the urban councillor who made the proposal and I have agreed to discuss the matter. I recorded the the receipt of the petition as soon as I received it, therefore the proposal cannot be defeated,” he said.

 

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