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Audit examiners threaten to cripple auditing of Parliament and government accounts

 By Vindya Amaranayake
Sri Lanka Audit Examiners’ Service Union have warned about crippling the auditing process of both Parliament and government accounts in the near future if authorities fail to take immediate steps to rectify their salary anomalies.
The union also staged a protest mid last week over the issue and threatened to resort to more severe trade union action if attempts are not made to rectify the issue.
The Union claims that the salaries and allowances of audit examiners were amended in November 2006, causing more anomalies, and the promise to rectify the error has still not been honoured by the authorities.
“We were given a written assurance in the letter NSCC/3/1/3/1/5 by the National Salaries and Cadres Commission, bearing signatures of the co-chairmen that these anomalies would be rectified immediately. That was two months ago,” Union Secretary B. Jagodage told The Nation. He added that yesterday’s discussions with the Commission authorities had concluded on a negative note. This was the reason they were forced to resort to trade union action.
The Auditor General’s Department comes directly under Parliament and all the government accounts are audited by them. The union pointed out that if they were to hold a continuous work-stoppage, it would affect the auditing of all government accounts.
Jagodage asserted, “This trade union action will affect promised international loans and all monetary activities of the government.”
He noted that even the COPE report was also prepared by the audit examiners.
“We have been fighting this cause since last year. Still we have not received any solution to our problem. This is the last course of action left for us,” Jagodage said.

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