Report on public enterprises of Sri Lanka handed over to Sri Lankan parliament

Dec 01, Colombo: The Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekera today handed over the latest report of the Committee to the Sri Lankan parliament.

The COPE report has given details on the functions of 249 state institutions and has made recommendations on the smooth running of the institutions.

Gunasekera earlier said that the lack of supervision by the Chief Accounting Officer, who is the secretary of the respective ministry, was witnessed in most of the state enterprises during inquiries.

He has said that although COPE does not have any powers to initiate legal action, the Committee has forwarded several issues related to some state enterprises to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Bribery Commission for further investigations.

According to Gunasekera, action would be prompted against the institutions that have been faulted by the COPE when there is constant emphasis on the issues faced by the respective institutions.

The recommendations contained in the COPE report are deemed to be directives to the respective Corporations or Statutory Boards for due compliance.

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