Written by Tharushan Fernando
25 Oct, 2016 | 10:31 pm
The Combined Trade Union Alliance of the Auditor General’s Department commented on coercion made on the Auditor General’s report.
Convener of the Combined Trade Union Alliance of the Auditor General’s Department, Lalith Ambanwala, pointed out that Article 154 of the Constitution provides the mandate for the Auditor General to report to parliament and the Auditor General will investigate the use of state funds and report it to parliament.
He added that with regard to the treasury bonds, the Auditor General has presented his professional opinion to parliament and all matters related to the treasury bonds have been reviewed. Thereafter. the Auditor General presents his professional view via a report and this report is not based on the parties or individuals.
He added that the A.G. had reviewed what had taken place within the legal frame work when utilising public funds – what should have been done and what had actually taken place – and he had thereafter presented his observations and recommendations to parliament.
Lalith Ambanwala explained that COPE comprises of persons representing various parties, and those individuals have their own political opinions. However, that does not affect the Auditor General and there may be a clash of opinions among the members of COPE – and the Auditor General has produced his independent professional view.
“We hope the opinion of the Auditor General will be respected and measures will be taken to protect the public resources. If not, we will have to resort to trade union action”, he said
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