The Project for Capacity Building
of the Parliamentary Oversight Committees, appointed
to regulate and ensure the efficiency of the
Parliamentary Committees such as the Committee on
Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC), maintained on a World Bank grant,
was terminated by the government on July 6.
Some of the duties performed by this Project
included inspecting the audit reports of the State
institutions, summoning those State institutions
before the Committees, consulting the Committees on
the due procedure that should be followed with
regard to the State institutions.
Former Auditor General S.C. Mayadunne was the
Senior Consultant of the Project. The other
consultants were former Auditor General P.A.
Premathilake, two Chartered Accountants and a senior
The World Bank granted US$ 495,000 in 2008 to ensure
proper and disciplined maintaining of government
finances, but, as at July 6, 2010, when the Project
was terminated, less than 20% of that grant was
This project has already presented a 110-page report
titled, ‘A proposal to strengthen the Parliamentary
control over state finance,’ to the government.
To establish a Department for State Finance
Control within the legislative structure, to
restructure the Office of the Parliament Committees
and appointing a permanent staff, with a proper
training, to that office, to get a State Audit Act
passed and implemented, are some of the proposals
included in the report submitted by the Project.
However, according to sources, no action has been
taken to implement any of the proposals made by the
Project in the report.
The termination of this Project will adversely
affect the function and duties of COPE and PAC, a
Parliament Official said.