Congress Rejected Two Anti-Corruption Proposals – Island

The former COPE president makes another revelation.

Shamindra Ferdinand

Parliament has blocked two specific proposals made by MP Charitha Herath, chairman of the Commission on Public Enterprises (COPE). So that the Congressional Oversight Committee can directly involve the Attorney General in high-profile corruption cases.

SLPP National List MP Herath lost his presidency of COPE following the dissolution of parliament by President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 28 July. The adjournment suspended all proceedings in the House and quashed all proceedings pending at that time, except impeachment.

Professor Herath said: island Yesterday (25), in consultation with WPC Inspector General Wickremaratne, he requested amendments to Standing Orders 120 months ago so that COPE could seek the Attorney General’s intervention if necessary. If not accepted, he suggested, Congress would need to approve the specific requests he made on behalf of COPE.

Professor Herath said an alternative proposal was also rejected. In response to another question, he said he had submitted the proposal to the parliamentary committee on parliamentary rules. The Commission consists of nine members, including the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Committee Vice-Chair.

Appearing before the Parliamentary Standing Committee, Professor Herath suggested that at least representatives of the Attorney General should be allowed to participate in the COPE proceedings if the written proposal is not accepted. That proposal was also rejected.

Professor Herat said the rejection of concrete measures to address accusations of corruption would have a significant impact on waste, corruption, the economic impact of misconduct and mismanagement of the national economy, and the unprecedented recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council. (UNHRC) will investigate economic crimes affecting human rights and the tracking and recovery of stolen assets.

Professor Herat argued that Congress should be seriously concerned about Geneva’s intervention as it seeks immediate assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The situation was so serious that in four years he argued that even a US$2.9 billion widening of credit lines could not revive the national economy, Professor Herat argued that the rationalization of public sector enterprises could lead to economic recovery. I emphasized that it is a prerequisite for the process. Therefore, concrete steps had to be taken to curb corruption, he said.

Professor Herat said that although certain permanent boards have been amended, they do not meet their aspirations. What has been approved by parliament is insufficient to meet the growing threat posed by influential extortionists, outspoken lawmakers said, Professor Herath and party chair Professor GL Peiris Closed ties with his SLPP group of opposition led by Dullas Alahapperuma. Other members of the group are Professor Channa Jayasmana, Dr. Naraka Godahewa, Dylan Perera, Dr. Upali Galapati, Dr. Tilak Rajapaksa, Laris Erawala, KPS Kumarasiri, Wasantha Yapa Bandara and Gunapala Ratnasekera. , Udayana Kiridigoda.

Professor Herat said the SLPP refused to allocate time to members of the rebel group, forcing them to take five minutes from the opposition to bring up the issue in parliament. Professor Herath noted that a series of carefully prepared proposals to strengthen COPE had been rejected.

Professor Herath emphasized that COPE’s intervention is necessary because ministry secretaries often do not follow the instructions issued to them. The MP found that Sections 3 and 4 of Standing Orders 120 were in error. Parliament is routinely accused of failing to arrest corruption, MP Herath said parliamentarians were unaware of what was happening. He also called for strengthening Standing Orders 119, 120, and 121, which dealt with the Commission on Public Accounts (COPA), COPE, and the Commission on Public Finance (COPF), respectively.

Senator Herat declared in parliament that the crux of the problem was that appointed members of the Cabinet represented the interests of the executive branch, thereby undermining the very basis of the House of Commons’ responsibility. It did not represent the interests of Congress. “In other words, they worked against their shared responsibility as parliamentarians to ensure fiscal discipline,” said MP Herath, noting that in some countries parliamentarians are not entrusted with decision-making duties. did.

Referring to the Executive Subcommittee to be established, Prof. Herat emphasized the critical importance of recognizing its responsibilities. If they are responsible for the executive branch, there will be serious consequences for the parliamentary system. The executive subcommittee should not come at the expense of parliament, lawmakers said, stressing that part of every political party represented in parliament has a responsibility to take immediate corrective action.

The rejection of the COPE proposal was, as an institution, insensitive to the recent public turmoil that forced Gotabaya Rajapaksa to abdicate his presidency and literally escape his life by electing him with a staggering 6.9 million votes. meant that

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was elected by parliament to complete the remaining five-year term secured by Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the SLPP, did not recognize the need to introduce urgent reforms, parliamentarians argued. Herat also questioned the rationale behind the establishment of the National Council when a power deprived of existing mechanisms needed power to achieve its objectives. Congress Rejected Two Anti-Corruption Proposals – Island

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