Sri Lanka’s COPE to propose amendments to parliamentary Standing Orders

Apr 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) is to propose amendments to the Standing Orders in order to enable the Committee to summon former administrative members of state institutions for questioning when required.

COPE Chairman, Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara has said that COPE is to recommend to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to amend the Parliamentary Standing Orders.

According to Gunasekara, heads of most state institutions when questioned about the institution’s accounts or any irregularity, most often blamed the previous administration.

The COPE currently does not have the mandate to summon former administrative officers for questioning.

Gunasekara therefore says Standing Orders needed to be amended to enable the Speaker to summon members of the previous administration of state institutions.

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