DELAYS IN RESOLVING BATATAWALA’S AND OTHER SUPPLIERS’ BONA FIDE CLAIMS WILL EVENTUALLY COST GOVERNMENT HUGE SUMS OF MONEY
The commentators have said that. whilst it may appear to be politically expedient to refuse or to show reluctance to settle such claims in the immediate term, such refusal and reluctance is potentially exposing Government to the likelihood of eventually having to pay even more hefty sums of money (because of interest and legal charges) to the concerned suppliers in the medium to long term since the claims will still need to be settled at some point. “Should the tax payer be made to foot these needless extra charges just because a few decision makers, for reasons known only to themselves, have decided not to honor Government’s contractual obligations?”, one of the commentators has asked.
It remains to be seen how long Government will continue to display this costly behavior with regard to the various claims currently before it.