SLASA recommends broader powers for COPF & COPE

October 19, 2022 at 4:13 PM

The Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association has proposed that the Committees on Public Finance (COPF) and Public Enterprises (COPE) be vested with powers to recover the loss incurred by the government due to the misuse of state funds. 

The Association proposed that the money be collected from the officials who misused public funds and the politicians who decided to misuse government funds and also to enable them to be subjected to the judicial process and be punished.

Issuing a statement, the Parliament of Sri Lanka said discussions in this regard took place during a meeting of the National Council’s Sub-Committee on identifying priorities in formulating short, medium, and long-term policies which convened yesterday (18) under the chairmanship of MP Namal Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association attended the meeting to obtain expert opinions for the National Council’s Sub-Committee.

Accordingly, the Association presented a proposal containing amendments related to the executive presidential system of the country, amendments related to the Council of Ministers, and ideas and suggestions for reforming of the public service.

The sub-committee also discussed at length the need to amend the ordinances to remove the existing legal obstacles to upgrading the public service through digitization, and the Association pointed out that it would enable the creation of a more efficient public service which is an essential factor.

The chairperson of the sub-committee informed the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association to submit short-term amendment proposals related to updating the public service to the committee within two weeks.

MP Namal Rajapaksa pointed out that a national policy can be quickly prepared after submitting the amendments to the parliament through the National Council.

He also said that through reforming the public service by way of a national policy, the services needed by the people can be provided more quickly and with high efficiency.

MPs Johnston Fernando and Sagara Kariyawasam were also present during the Committee meeting. (NewsWire)