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Performance awards on July 5

COPA Chairman MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Auditor General W.P.C. Wickremeratne and officials at the media briefing. Picture by Wimal Karunathilaka
COPA Chairman MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Auditor General W.P.C. Wickremeratne and officials at the media briefing. Picture by Wimal Karunathilaka

The awards ceremony for State institutions, Provincial Councils and Local Authorities that have shown highest performances in the financial and performance evaluation conducted for the financial year 2017 by the Committee on Public Accounts, will be held at the BMICH on July 5, COPA Chairman MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna said yesterday.

The ceremony will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, MP Alagiyawanna said at a press briefing held at Parliament premises yesterday morning.

The heads of all 838 institutions that were examined by the Committee for the financial year 2017 will be invited to the awards ceremony, Alagiyawanna also said. “The awards ceremony will have two sessions. There will be a workshop from 8.00 am for all institutions and monitoring authorities coming under the purview of the COPA, with a view to providing a broad knowledge on the extensive performance assessment process that is to be implemented from 2018. The awards ceremony will follow the workshop,” he said.

Speaking further, the COPA Chairman said the Computer Networking System used for assessing these government bodies has enabled the Committee to provide a better service to the public.

He pointed out that the productivity of this assessment programme is well depicted as the 104 institutions that earned below 50 percent in 2015 have reduced to 11 institutions in 2017 and the number of institutions that earned over 90 percent in 2015 has improved to 139 institutions from 60.

“Usually the COPE and the COPA conduct inquiries which are similar to a postmortem. We investigate only after a case of corruption has taken place. Sometimes these investigations take ages to complete. Sometimes the responsible officers have even passed away by the time we finish the investigations.

However, this Computer Networking System is the first step towards increasing the efficiency of the Committee’s longstanding system,” Alagiyawanna observed.


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