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)
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
"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,"
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.