The Sunday Leader

Ghost Worker Bleeding CPSTL Dry

By Nirmala Kannangara

The continuous renewal of the work contract of an employee at Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd. (CPSTL), despite him not working a day there from the time he was employed years ago, has raised eyebrows at CPSTL.

The said employee was given employment at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) by the then Power and Energy Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte in 1995. The employee was attached to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) headquarters at Darley Road where he worked as a Secretary. Later he was transferred to CPSTL.

CPSTL sources said it was surprising to see CPSTL management extend this employee’s contract for the sixth consecutive year when it has been proven how much he has cheated from the institution with the help of politicians during the previous regime.

“Although he has not worked for this institution since joining in 1995, he pretends that he works for the Subject Minister from 6am to 10.30pm every day and claims more than 300 hours overtime (OT) every month although those who work tirelessly for the company do not get an opportunity to obtain 300 hours OT each month.

“Since this employee is an ardent Mahinda Rajapaksa supporter, neither the previous CPSTL management nor the employees spoke against him openly. However, to everyone’s surprise and dismay, the present management too gave him his fifth extension in April 2015 and is planning on giving him a sixth extension this year as well. This is despite an ongoing inquiry against him by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) for obtaining a salary from CPSTL without reporting for duty,” CPSTL sources said on condition of anonymity.

According to the sources, the employee in question was using two official vehicles, one from Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and the other from the CPSTL during the Rajapaksa regime but after the fall of the former regime, one of the vehicles had been handed over.

The sources further said this officer was granted extensions after his retirement and his salary was increased during his second year extension when there was a rule that salary increments could not be granted when on extension.

The sources added that the CPSTL Board of Directors on Thursday May 4 had decided to extend the contract of this employee by a further one year, to which CPSTL employees are up in arms.

When Chairman CPSTL, Shehan Seneviratne was contacted to find out what their retirement age and do they give extensions to those who have gone on retirement, Seneviratne told The Sunday Leader that all employees have to go on retirement at the age of 60 and only the experts will be given extensions based on the requirement but not others.

However, when asked about this particular employee who has never worked either for CPC or CPSTL but only drawing a salary for working at SLFP headquarters, Seneviratne said that his service has to be extended because he is coordinating security at the Presidential Secretariat.

“For the past few years he has been coordinating security at the Presidential Secretariat and that is why he was given extensions one after the other,” Seneviratne said.


3 Comments for “Ghost Worker Bleeding CPSTL Dry”

  1. Guney

    If the politicians can cheat, why ! not the ordinary citizens. Isn’t that logic.
    All citizens have the right to cheat. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. daggy

    A Yahapalanaya ghost.
    Wonder whether he is from Polonnaruwa?

  3. gamarala

    Working for 141/2 Hours daily plus 10 hours overtime daily !!!
    Impossible feat !!
    Possible only in Sri Lanka.

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