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'False' GDP data row: Sri Lanka to sack officer for leaking confidential info

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:17 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main statistics office on Wednesday said a senior official who denounced alleged government pressure to inflate economic growth data would be sacked after he was found guilty of leaking confidential information.

Accounts director H.S. Wanasinghe faced two separate disciplinary hearings after he complained to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and an opposition lawmaker that the government was manipulating data.

"We have recommended to the PSC (Public Service Commission) to sack him and it will be done soon," census and statistics chief D.C.A. Gunawardena told reporters in Colombo.

Mr Wanasinghe alleged that he was ordered to increase GDP growth rate for the first quarter of 2013 to 6 per cent when his calculations showed it was only 5.4 per cent.

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