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National Audit Bill: Should they hold it up?



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Why are some powerful ministers and secretaries to ministries mounting pressure on the President and the Prime Minister to dilute the National Audit Bill? It has been sent through all appropriate channels, namely the Auditor General, Legal Draftsman and the Attorney-General since 2003. The previous regime endorsed the bill in its entirety but prevented it from becoming law.

A Sub-Committee consisting of Ministers Sarath Amunugama (Chairman), Rauff Hakeem, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Ravi Karunanayake, as Members, have been appointed to consider whether the bill could violate rule of natural justice. The Constitution (Article 42 (2)) specifies that the Cabinet of Ministers are "collectively responsible and answerable to the Parliament". The Cabinet of Ministers are "charged with the direction and control of the government". Aren’t they, therefore, duty bound, if they genuinely support good governance, to honour the principle that "public sector auditing is key to good public governance"? Article 148 has mandated Parliament to demand transparency and accountability.

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Raj Rajaratnam the Man

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Interest in the Sri Lankan born billionaire stockbroker Raj Rajaratnam who fell from grace in 2009 has been rekindled following the appointment of one of his former employees Indrajith Coomaraswamy as the Governor of the Central Bank. In this three pa...

Vehicle mania of politicians - Further Reflections

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In the public interest it is worth continuing to keep the spotlight on the vexed issue of brand new vehicles for politicians. One recalls the furor that erupted some weeks ago following the government’s audacity in seeking a supplementary estim...

 
 
 
 

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