Treasury not informed – COPA

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 22 2021
News Treasury not informed – COPA

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake

Foreign direct financial aid has been spent on four projects without informing the External Resources Department (ERD) of the General Treasury, the Committee On Public Account (COPA) disclosed. 

The revelation came as officials of the Ministry of Environment were summoned by the Committee on Public Accounts to examine the Auditor General’s report for the financial years 2017, 2018 and 2019 and their current performance.

It was identified that three projects worth USD 9.96 million and one project worth Euro 1.86 million were being implemented with such direct financial assistance. However, the Department of External Resources had not been notified. 

Hence, the COPA instructed the officials to inform the Treasury when receiving and spending such assistance in the future. Furthermore, the COPA emphasised that the attention paid to the pollution caused by the mixing of chemical waste and hazardous waste by Government hospitals is at a minimum. 

The officials present at the Committee meeting stated that a systematic programme has been initiated in this regard. In addition, discussions were also held on how systematic electronic waste management should be conducted, regarding the compensation payments on land acquired by the Government for the development of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Project, and the current status of the Surakimu Ganga National Environmental Programme. The COPA sitting was held under the Chairmanship of MP Prof. Tissa Witharana, State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, (Dr.)  

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 22 2021

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