President, Speaker informed on issues surrounding National Audit Bill: Auditor General

President, Speaker informed on issues surrounding National Audit Bill: Auditor General

President, Speaker informed on issues surrounding National Audit Bill: Auditor General

Written by Staff Writer

25 Oct, 2017 | 1:29 pm

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Auditor General, Gamini Wijeysinghe notes that the President and the Speaker have been informed about the issues surrounding the final draft of the National Audit Bill.

When News1st inquired in this regard, the Auditor General said that the newly amended draft National Audit Bill is watered down, compared to the original Bill.

A Cabinet Sub Committee, Chaired by Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama was appointed with the task of presenting suggestions for the new draft Audit Bill.

Sri Lanka Auditor’s Union, had earlier criticized the delay in presenting the recommendation for the final draft of the National Audit Bill by the Cabinet Sub Committee.

When News1st spoke to the Auditor General in this regard, he said the Cabinet Sub Committee failed to seek his expertise when making amendments to the draft of the National Audit Bill.

According to the recommendations put forth by the Cabinet Sub Committee, the Secretary to the subject ministry is vested with the powers of imposing a surcharge on officers who fail to adhere to the rules and regulations.

MP Sunil Handunnetti, presented the first ever National Audit Bill as a Private Member Bill, in Parliament on a prior occasion.

However, a decision on the course of action that need to be taken with regard to the Private Member Bill is yet to be reached.

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