Auditor General to be given teeth

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The Government, in its discussion paper for constitutional reforms, has proposed to have a Auditor General and an Audit Service Commission with the authority to audit the accounts of the Presidential Secretariat and other state institutions receiving parliamentary allocations, Daily Mirror learns.

The proposed Commission, with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, if enacted will comprise the Auditor General and two senior retired audit officers.

The Commission will be empowered to audit all the Ministries and Government Departments, institutions and commissions. Also, the Commission will have powers to audit the accounts of companies which have a 40 per cent Government shareholding.

Meanwhile, Parliament Secretary General Dammika Dasanayake has also worked out a road map for strengthening the parliamentary system.

According to this road map, it has been decided to amend the Standing Orders to provide for electronic voting and live broadcasting of parliamentary proceedings.

It also has been sought to allow media access to the proceedings of various committees with the approval of their chairman and to appoint two opposition MPs as chairmen of the Committee on Public Enterprises and the Public Accounts Committee. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 15

  • aintkorrupt Tuesday, 10 February 2015 06:24 PM

    we had the COPE report.. similar to auditing, but no action. This is all a big show

    Leel Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:28 AM

    this electronic voting is for parliament not for country elections. It may be many moons away.

    mailman Tuesday, 10 February 2015 11:36 AM

    The opposition will oppose these as their strength is fraud and election violance. via DM Android App

    MWTA Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:01 AM

    Good move. Also I suggest to provide the required authority even to challenge the audits conducted by other private firms. This may be controversial. yet this is the reality.

    Sarath Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:14 AM

    A system should also be introduced to make the officers of the auditor generaldepartment accountable to the publi as some of them take the law to their hand and act like gods.

    Bala Tuesday, 10 February 2015 04:15 PM

    In due course for things to be done properly - not in haphazard way. At Buffalo pace and not at race horse speed - slow but sure.

    Bala Tuesday, 10 February 2015 04:17 PM

    Qualifications not enough - there must be integrity, honesty

    C.K.Lankaputhra. Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:21 AM

    Signs of Sri Lanka turning to correct path from its corrupted path. Simply great. Now only people can beginning see the real Wonder of the Asia.

    lkboy Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:31 AM

    Electronic voting is a very welcome approach.

    John Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:04 AM

    A very positive move by the new regime.....

    kan Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:14 AM

    This should be done immediately and completed much before elections. CEB and CPC should be audited by external auditors without delay to expose bad elements within.

    Jeevan Perera Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:17 AM

    These are very good moves for the future of the country. Hope opposition will support this initiative

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 10 February 2015 02:09 PM

    When will the police become an independent body free from political interference? When will Lake House, Rupavahini, ITN, SLBC become independent? When is the "Right to Information" act being implemented?

    Hilary Jansz Tuesday, 10 February 2015 02:23 PM

    Sri Lanka should adopt best frameworks and standards such IIA, ISACA to have independency of audtors. All Banks, Company auditors should have CIA, CISA qualifications

    Imthiyaj Tuesday, 10 February 2015 10:39 AM


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