National Evaluation Policy vital – Buddhika
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
A national policy should be adopted to evaluate the progress of the budgetary allocations to promote credibility and quality in governance, SJB MP Buddhika Pathirana said in Parliament.
Participating in the debate on the Appropriation Bill 2022, Pathirana pointed out that Sri Lanka, as a nation, has failed to implement a National Evaluation Policy throughout history, even though many countries in the world had such policies to ensure credibility and the success of governance.
He said,“When a Budget debate is over, MPs give many statements to the Media. Government MPs always say that it is the best Budget ever while the Opposition criticises the budget proposals. Is this enough? I do not think so. After implementing the budget proposals, there should be a mechanism to evaluate whether it is successful or not. We can decide how to move forward only after that.
There should be a mechanism to determine how much money is spent and what happened to the balance allocation.” “Many countries follow National Evaluation Policies. But even after many decades, Sri Lanka has failed to implement such a mechanism and this is a tragedy,”Pathirana said.
“We need to focus on creating a National Evaluation Policy for Sri Lanka at least from now on. If not, governments and oppositions will only remain criticising one other and nothing will come about,” he added.