More Horsepower

The Government is giving Parliament more power to crack the whip on errant public institutions and corporations by strengthening the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
The committee will be given more ammunition to fire at State officials who delay accounts of Government institutions, Ministries and Corporations.rn

rnThe Government has already put the committee under opposition leadership. rn

rnldblquote We have seen occasions where public accounts tabled in parliament sometimes as late as 10-15 years,
dblquote Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of power and Energy points out.rn

rnldblquote You have to give wider powers to the committee to take action,
dblquote says Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Public Accounts Committee said.rn

rnYapa, who is the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, speaking at a Commonwealth Parliamentarians seminar said that the committee lacked experts, who could go into accounts and advise parliamentarians.rn

rnThe committee is responsible for checking the annual accoun