COPA unhappy with ICTA

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The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) expressed displeasure over the role of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) in the development of the Institutional Integration Computer Programme 2015 related to the licensing process of the Department of Imports and Exports.

This software is still in an inoperative state.

Attention was drawn at the COPA, when Officials representing the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilisation and National Policies, the Excise Department of Sri Lanka, the Department of External Resources, the Department of Import and Export Control and Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) were summoned before the committee. Discussions focused on ICTA developing and advising on software for other departments and ministries.

MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that ICTA does not provide any intervention or assistance to government institutions, especially those that do not have the knowledge to develop computer programmes. He also said that this institution has the responsibility of equipping government institutions with information technology and integrating it with new technology. The main focus of this discussion was on ICTA’s involvement in the development of the licensing process of the Department of Imports and Exports, the computer programme for integration of institutions and the development of the Revenue Administration Management System. There was also a discussion on the inability of the Inland Revenue Department to implement the Integrated Computer Programme (RAMIS) for tax collection.

In addition, projects prepared by ICTA in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Excise Department and the External Resources Department were also taken into discussion.

Accordingly, COPA finally recommended that the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) submit a report by 1 July on the software developed for government agencies, the government agencies that advised and their current status.

MPs Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Tissa Attanayake, Mohomad Muzammil, Duminda Dissanayake, Niroshan Perera, Dr. Upul Galappaththi and Weerasumana Weerasinghe were present at the committee meeting.