AG Dept. can only bark, not bite  : New Auditor Gen.

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY - The duty of the Government Auditor Generalís Department is to probe the accounts of state institutions and report its findings to the Public Accounts Committee. The Auditor General's Department has no authority to reprimand or punish anyone, newly appointed Auditor General S. Swarnajothi told the media on Saturday (19) in Kandy.

Mr. Swarnajothi called on the most Venerable Tibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thero of the Malwatte Chapter after paying homage to the sacred to the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

"The Auditor General's Department is only a watch-dog and not a biting dog. We can only disclose discrepancies but we have no responsibility or power to take action against those responsible for such irregularities," Swarnajothi noted.

Playing the role of a watch-dog the officers of the department inspect the financial dealings of the government institutions as a routine duty without awaiting any complaints and report the findings to the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament and the COPE, he explained.

The officers of the department performed their duty with a commitment taking into consideration that the responsibility and the objective of the department were to ensure a corruption free financial management in the public sector that would ultimately strengthen the state coffers to invest more funds in the country's development process, he said.

Central Provincial Assistant Auditor General U.G.S. Wijesinghe accompanied Mr. Swarnajothi.



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