Written by Bella Dalima
13 Jan, 2014 | 6:06 am
On Tuesday, the Vice Chairman of the National Olympic Committee revealed that the value of the National Olympic Committee’s fixed deposit was Rs.41 million.
When questioned by journalists on the same day, he also revealed that a sum of about one million rupees is received from international funds on a monthly basis for the operation and maintenance of the National Olympic Committee.
The Auditor General’s report for the 2010 financial year, contradicts the statement made by the Vice Chairman. As per the Auditor General’s report although the National Olympic Committee’s draft report should have been submitted within 60 days after the end of the fiscal year. This was not done.
The report also notes that although a sum of Seven million three hundred and eighty three thousand one hundred and ninety four rupees was spent on apparel, the National Olympic Committee has failed to provide information pertaining to the receipt of stocks, inventory or distribution.
The Auditor General’s report notes that the same fate has befallen data pertaining to the four hundred thousand rupees spent on pins and a Rs.69,021 credit card bill.
The audit report further notes that the National Olympic Committee also failed to provide evidence that the Executive Committee had granted approval for a Rs.5.4 million estimate for the 2010 Commonwealth games and a one million and four thousand rupee estimate for the Youth Olympics.
Another farcical factor in the Auditor General’s report is that although the National Olympic Committee stated in its accounts that a sum of Rs.983, 835 was spent on newspaper advertisements. However, the committee was unable to furnish these newspaper advertisements when requested.
The Auditor General’s report also notes that in certain instances, the National Olympic Committee has failed to follow the tender procedure and the 2006 guidelines.
Our attempt to contact the Secretary of the National Olympic Committee to make inquiries was unsuccessful.Minister Dilan Perera who at one time served as a Vice Chairman of the National Olympic Committee said that the officers of the NOC should be brought before the Committee on Public Enterprises in Parliament in order to reveal the truth.
When will the National Olympic Committee be brought before the COPE committee in order to ensure that truth and transparency will triumph?
The issue is open for debate.
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