CEB Spokesman resigns over controversial remarks 

The spokesperson of the Ceylon Electricity Board Eng. Noel Priyantha has tendered his resignation following his controversial remarks made during a live television programme.

Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera, taking to X (formerly Twitter), said that the decision was communicated to him by the CEB management.

The CEB spokesperson, who attended a television programme on a private television channel on Tuesday made controversial remarks on the affordability of utilities by the public. The remarks which suggested a lack of empathy, had the CEB official asserting that children should be able to study with the help of oil lamps if their parents are unable to afford electricity.

The official also made distasteful comments regarding the estate sector community, saying that a majority of the community consumed alcohol and were drunk by mid day. The comments had Minister of Water Supply & Estate Infrastructure Jeevan Thondaman calling for action agains the official, posting on X “The ‘entire’ statement made by the CEB spokesperson, lacks empathy and is unacceptable.”

Eng. Priyantha also issued a public apology on Wednesday.