The Committee on Public Accounts report on 844 institutions of State, Provincial Councils and Local Government for the Fiscal Year of 2018, was tabled in Parliament by its Chairman, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna. That report consists of over 800 pages. Public Accounting Systems, Financial Control and performance of Government Institutions are annually evaluated by a computer networking system and the report that was prepared accordingly was tabled by the Chairman. According to the computer networking system in evaluating the State, Provincial Councils and Local Government institutions functioning under the direction of the Committee on Public Accounts, nearly 110 organizations which have achieved a high performance will be presented with awards at the Parliamentary Complex under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the 28 th of February 2020. Under a concept of the Committee on Public Accounts of the 8th Parliament, a Computer Networking System to Evaluate the State, Provincial Councils and Local Government commenced in the year of 2016 based on the fiscal year of 2015 with a mission of streamlining financial and performance aspects of Government Institutions. This program has been successfully implemented in 2015, 2016, 2017 and continues for the fiscal year of 2018. The previous Awards Ceremonies to recognize the government institutions that have achieved a high performance was held under the patronage of the former President, Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated that his resolution is to transform Sri Lanka as the most favourable country for investments.

President addressing a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat with officials attached to the Ministry of Environment and Wildlife this morning, declared that Sri Lanka needs to form a legal framework that would safeguard the environment and lead to the development of the country simultaneously.

The President advised all institutions to cooperate with each other in order to amend the acts, rules and regulations that would address the needs of the present day. President Rajapaksa added that it was the responsibility of all the state officials to preserve the environment and propose convenient procedures and methodologies for the general public.

The President instructed the officials to be efficient in the issuance of licenses which in return would motivate both local and foreign entrepreneurs and investors.

President Rajapaksa reflected that license sought several years ago for aqua parks in the Northern Province had not been approved even for today. Concerned President Rajapaksa, urged the officials to immediately follow through the procedure to implement these projects without harming the biodiversity.

President stated that the implementation of those aqua parks would create employment opportunities for many and assist in promoting reconciliation among communities.

The President emphasized the importance of establishing laws which would equally preserve the environment and promote the living standards of the people.

Minister M. Chandrasena, State Minister Jayantha Samaraweera, Secretary to the President Dr. P.B. Jayasundara and several other officials were present at the discussion.