The handing over of the Colombo East Terminal to the Adani group by the
Rajapakshe government has led to furore in the island nation with the Colombo
Port trade unions opposing the handing over of the terminal to a foreign
Responding to the attack from the trade unions the Sri lankan Government's
Chief whip and Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said that trade unions and
civil society organisations now accusing the government of trying to sell off
the Eastern Container Terminal of the Colombo Port to India were silent when the
Hambantota port was sold by the former government to a Chinese company,
according to Sri lanka media reports.
There would be no
selling of the ECT of the Colombo Port to India
Speaking to media Minister Fernando said that there would be no selling of
the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port to India as alleged by some
opposition parties and their supporters.
“We will not sell the port. The
Group led by the Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa messed up the port sector
by signing agreements. Their good
governance has destroyed this country.
As a government we are cleaning up the mess they created. The President has decided what is best for
the people of the country. Every project
is implemented in the best way possible for the people and the country. This is the reality.
It will be good if
port’s shares are floated in our country’s stock market.
Protesters were also active during my tenure as the Minister in charge of
Ports. That is nothing new. However, when the Hambantota port was sold by
Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa’s group, the vociferous trade unions
were silent. If such a battle had been waged then when the Hambantota port was
sold that vital state asset could have been saved. It will be good if port's shares are floated
in our country’s stock market. There is
nothing wrong with that. That’s a very
good thing. The President has promised not to sell this port.”