ECONOMYNEXT – Engineer Vijitha Herath, former chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance and Ceylon Electricity Board as well as a close ally of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), was appointed  as the chairman of state-run Litro Gas Lanka Limited.

Herath also serves as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Podujana Engineers Front, a leading engineering body with more than 5000 members.

The move comes a week after former Litro chairman Theshara Jayasinghe resigned on April 14, accusing the largest cooking gas supplier for institutional corruption and other irregularities.

Litro faced many controversies under Jayasinghe including supply shortage and explosion of gas cylinders that resulted in deaths and injuries.

The former chairman Jayasinghe in his resignation letter stated Litro was filled with “corruption and irregularities and did not even take part in any government audit,” since he took up the post in July of 2021. (Colombo/Apr21/2022)