Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told Parliament yesterday that he had instructed the officials of the Finance Ministry to appoint a special team of experts to study the reports of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and take appropriate action on its findings.
The Speaker said so in response to COPE Chairman Sunil Handunnetti’s call for follow-up action on the parliamentary watchdog committee reports presented to the House.
Tabling the fourth report of COPE that included findings on 15 public institutions summoned before the committee from Sept. 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017, Handunnetti stressed the need to uphold accountability to boost public confidence in COPE reports and Parliament.
“Relevant Ministries and Ministry Secretaries should take appropriate action as regards the findings in COPE reports. Ministry level or political action is also needed against those responsible for the questionable dealings mentioned in them. Then only our efforts will be meaningful.”
Speaker Jayasuriya said he had already paid attention to the matter and discussed with the Finance Ministry the possibility of assigning a special team to study the COPE reports and take action.