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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 government accountant.
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 utilised.
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.