Nov 10, 2017

Auditor General’s Dept. weakened without national audit Act Featured

The national audit Act is likely to be delayed further, according to auditor general Gamini Wijesinghe.

The absence of the Act has rendered the Auditor General’s Department weakened, with the Audit Services Commission being inoperative for two years now, he says.

He notes that without the commission, the department cannot be made into a strong institution.

The Audit Services Commission is one of the independent commissions set up as per the 19th amendment to the constitution that was passed on 15 May 2015.

Its members are being paid without any service obtained from them.

After being amended through various committees, the draft audit act was last submitted to the cabinet on 10 August this year and was given two weeks to make amendments.

In the meantime, the cabinet approved a ministerial subcommittee for a three week period.

In light of this situation, COPE chairman Sunil Handunnetti last month tabled the draft bill in parliament as a private member’s motion without any amendments.