Sound knowledge of accountability is essential for COPE committee members: Chandra Jayaratne

Sound knowledge of accountability is essential for COPE committee members: Chandra Jayaratne

Sound knowledge of accountability is essential for COPE committee members: Chandra Jayaratne

Written by Staff Writer

07 Jul, 2016 | 8:21 pm

Former chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chandra Jayaratne in a letter to COPE chairman MP Sunil Handunnetti stresses on the importance of COPE committee members having a sound knowledge of accountability of a parliamentary oversight committee.

Addressing a letter to the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) Sunil Handunetti, former chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chandra Jayaratne says that since members of COPE address the challenging task of developing and presenting, an independent, professional, unbiased report to parliament, on the bond issues of 2015 and 2016, it is important for them to have a sound knowledge of the general principles of accountability of an oversight committee of Parliament.

Chandra Jayaratne points out that Section 70 of the Sri Lankan legislative enactments, dealing with bribery and corruption, makes it clear what constitutes corruption in relation to any public servant.

He notes that according to the provision, any public servant, with intent, to cause wrongful or unlawful loss to the government, or to confer a wrongful or unlawful benefit/favour/advantage on himself, or any person, with knowledge that a loss will be caused to any person or the government, does any act which he is empowered to do or induces any other public servant to perform or refrain from performing that any act or uses information coming to his knowledge or participates in an making of any decision or induces any other person, directly or indirectly to perform or refrain from performing any act, shall be guilty of the offense of corruption.

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