State Minister Perera advises AG’s Dept to recruit experts in various fields to avoid errors


by Saman Indrajith

The Auditor General’s Department ought to recruit experts to avoid errors in conclusions and to strengthen the Audit Service in the country, State Minister Ajith P. Perera said yesterday.

Opening the debate on the determination moved by the Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella, to increase the salary and allowances paid to the Auditor General, the State Minister said that 98% of the officers attached to the Auditor General’s Department were qualified accountants. "However, there are various aspects to auditing. For example, if you take value for money auditing, it evaluates performances on selected criteria. If persons with insufficient knowledge conduct such an audit, their recommendations will be affected. Accounting knowledge alone is not sufficient."

He said that experts should be recruited to Auditor General’s Department to avoid making errors in auditing. "The AG’s Department needs to recruit an expert in economics. That person needs a doctorate at least. An IT engineering expert should also be recruited, too.  Similarly, experts from others disciplines must be recruited to its permanent cardre which will allow the AG’s Department to reach accurate conclusions. Such recruitments will strengthen the AG’s Department."

State Minister Perera also pointed out that the general public, whatever the political affiliations they had, were skeptical about social justice as a result of the delays in implementing law.

"This is a serious situation we, as politicians, should look into. The society doubts whether justice is being done. We must ensure accountability. We must stop thinking about winning elections; we should start winning the people."

The State Minister extended his gratitude to Sri Lanka Police, security forces and Intelligence Units for managing the protest launched by the Joint Opposition recently. "The JO needed bloodshed and corpses. They wanted to wreak havoc in Colombo city and cause damage to public property and the country’s economy." Perera said.


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