The Audit Services should be strengthened to build a progressed nation and a clean public service – President

The Audit Services should be strengthened to build a progressed nation and a clean public service – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Audit Service should be strengthened in order to build this country, in which fraud and corruption have been rooted.

President Sirisena made this statement addressing the 61st Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Audit Service Association which was held at Audit Department Auditorium in Battaramulla today (27th).

The President has said that if government corruption does not take place, there would not have been a reason to borrow money from foreign countries in order to meet the annual budget deficit. There are several departments that ruin the state revenue and they are beyond control, he said.

No one is speaking about the institutions that destroy the state revenue of this country, and it is regrettable that these are not revealed by the media institutions too, President said.

Speaking further, the President said that whatever criticisms leveled against him, he could say without a doubt that he had fulfilled his duties and responsibilities properly as President during the last four years.

Although appointing a Presidential Commission on the largest robbery of the Central Bank and showing the culprit to the country, the present regime will not be allowed to punish the offenders, the President added.

It is a major recommendation of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Central Bank Robbery that a Forensic Audit should be conducted, but it has not been done so far. It was recommended that a clause of the Commissions Act should be amended to empower it, but it was delayed for an unreasonable time, he pointed out. The President said that it would take 15 to 20 years to punish the offenders if they act according to the existing law in implementing the recommendations of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.

The Presidential Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has submitted its report to Parliament before 2015, the President said.

In the same way, I have appointed the Presidential Commission to look into frauds and corruptions of the government. No Presidential Coordinating Committee has been appointed by any head of state in the past to look into the malpractices of their governments. And he has appointed commissions to to find out all frauds and irregularities without any limitations. By the time the relevant judges were investigating, thousands of complaints had already been received.

The President also recalled the obstacles that had arisen when establishing the Audit Service Commission. He said fearing the granting of powers was part of the public service and there was no reason to fear the rules if he worked honostly for the country.

The President also appreciated the service of the Audit Service Department which plays a pivotal role while protecting its identity and dignity and disclosing the departments that destroy state resources, state property and public money.

Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya, Mr. Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, Chairman of Public Enterprises Committee Sunil Handunnethi, Auditor General Mr. Gamini Wijesinghe, President of the Sri Lanka Audit Service Association Mr. K.N.M. Kumarasinghe and its members and invitees were present on this occasion.

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