of corruption among some government ministers are slowly but surely
beginning to dog the progress of the United National Front government.
Now, another government minister appears to be blotting his copybook
ignoring the wider ramifications of his actions for the government of
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
time around, Minister Susantha Punchinilame is being charged with
seriously misappropriating the finances of the Tea Shakthi Fund (TSF)
- which is under his ministry the Tea Small Holders Development
issue is snowballing into crisis proportions - so much so that Deputy
Minister of Plantations
Navin Dissanayake said the entire tea small holders industry is
hanging in the balance "and may collapse" as Chairman, Tea
Small Holders Development Authority, Ratna Gamage and Minister,
Susantha Punchinilame are clashing.