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COPE; NO ACTION TALK ONLY

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The government has not taken any action so far though the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has found damning evidence of financial irregularities in institutions totalling over Rs 500 billion, state sources said. The COPE report revealed financial irregularities in 229 government institutions.

Chairman of COPE and Minister D.E.W Gunasekara who was asked as to what action the government will take against the persons and institutions that have misappropriated public funds, remained tight-lipped.

When questioned whether the government will take any action against the perpetrators or disregard the violations, he said he ‘does not know.’

Former chairman of  COPE and UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe said that it’s a very weak and ambiguous report and that it has failed to name the   persons responsible for the massive financial irregularities.
“When I was the chairman of COPE we named the persons responsible for the financial irregularities and got the CID and the Bribery Commission to investigate.”

He challenged the government to appoint the Commission to Investigate into Allegations of Bribery or Corruption as well as the CID, to investigate these massive financial scandals if the government is keen on taking action against corruption.
(JSN)

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