Errant officers go scot free – AGD
By Shiran Ranasingha
Officials of the Auditor General’s Department (AGD) charged that though it had been revealed through audit inquiries that losses to the tune of Rs 2 to 4 billion had been incurred by many State institutions, the respective Ministry Secretaries under whom those institutions come, failed to take punitive action against offenders.
They alleged that a spate of reports that had been furnished to these Ministry Secretaries had not been acted upon and hence charged that acts of fraud and corruption amounting to the aforesaid amounts continue to take place at a rapid pace at State institutions.
These audit officers observed that these big-time fraud and corruption take place in State Corporations, Departments, Statutory Bodies and other State institutions coming directly under the purview of the Ministry Secretaries.
They also charged that certain Ministry Secretaries were also known to protect State officers engaged in such acts.
It is also said, these officers are now planning to meet the President to brief him about the situation.