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‘Audit Service Commission responsible for delay in State Audit Service’

Secretary of the Sri Lanka Audit Inspectors’ Association H.M.K. Herath said even though President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in a commendable stance to establish the State Audit Service as a special service, the Audit Service Commission has not started working on it.

However, the State Audit Service has been disrupted by now as audit inspectors have resumed a trade union action against the negligence of the Audit Service Commission to act in compliance with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s stance to make the State Audit Service a special service.

He made these views addressing a press briefing at the National Library, requesting to establish the State Audit Service as a special service.

“All audit inspectors have decided to stay away from their duties from March 2. An Act has been put forward to establish the State Audit Service. As per the provisions of the National Audit Commission, the audit service and audit inspectors will be incorporated into it. The State Audit Service has not been established even after one and a half years,” he said.

Moreover, he said the Government bears a positive stance with regard to this matter and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also holds a better standpoint. “The President’s Secretary has also presented a Cabinet paper in this regard. It is the Audit Service Commission that disrupts all these procedures. The President agreed to provide a justifiable answer and asked to submit an audit report in that connection,” he said. He also added that this is a national problem and the citizens are bound to know whether the taxes paid by them are used for country's development activities. “Through these audit reports, they get to know whether the income from taxes are used for the development of the country,” he added.

President of the Audit Service Inspectors’ Association, Indra Wijebandara speaking at the press briefing said audit reports are a salient factor for the financial management of the country and the Audit Act was brought not to cater to one’s private needs.

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