The outbound transportation of Airmail in the Department of Post in Sri Lanka has been outsourced to a private company Civaro Lanka (Pvt) Limited in order to streamline operations and increase efficiency of the service claimed the Secretary to Ministry of Postal Services, Hemasiri Fernando. Civaro Lanka (Pvt) Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Hayleys Advantis Limited the transportation and logistics arm of diversified conglomerate Hayleys PLC.
The Ministry Secretary pointed out that the transportation of ‘Sea mail’ had been similarly handled by a private company for the past 30 years, and therefore this move by the government is cost effective and convenient and is being practiced everywhere in the world.
“Like the Sea mail service, the Airmail too is expected to function smoothly under the relevant private company. This dealing with airlines and the whole operation was handled by the relevant division at the postal department previously, which was a hassle”, he remarked.
The secretary however was hesitant to discuss further on the development, and suggested The Nation to contact the Post Master General for a better explanation.
In the meantime, Union of Post and Telecommunication Officers (UPTO), Treasurer, Muditha Karunamuni said that they were never consulted by the department prior to making the decision to outsource airmail transport operations.
“This is against the Universal Postal Union (UPU) conventions and the Postal department regulations” Karunamuni noted. Adding he also said “currently the department has suspended the agreement because UPTO insists that the department must dismiss the contract whatsoever. We view it as the first step towards privatizing the entire postal service, that is where the state is heading” the treasurer alleged.
Several attempts to reach the Post Master General on the phone proved futile as the persons who answered said he was busy.