Heads of four State Enterprises to face MPs grilling on live TV

Four major state-owned enterprises will come under the microscope when the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprise examines them next week and these proceedings will be opened to the Media.

High ranking officials from Sri Lankan Airlines, Sathosa, the Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Ceylon Electricity Board will face the Committee from 21 August onwards, a Press Release issued by Parliament said.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has now authorised full ‘live’ news media coverage of the COPE session, thereby enabling the public to watch key moments in the investigations, the press release added.

COPE which is headed by JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti was responsible for unearthing the alleged Bonds scam that eventually led to the prosecution of key persons involved in it.

The Committee will convene at 2.30 p.m. from August 20 to the 23 and the officials of these institutions who have been summoned before the committee will be subject to questions and requests for data.

They will also be asked to explain why their institutions are not performing.

Comprising 31 parliamentarians, COPE is one of the key finance committees in Parliament empowered to examine the accounts of public establishments and of any business undertaking vested in the Government, to ensure the observance of financial discipline in Public Corporations and other Semi Governmental bodies in which the Government has a financial stake.

COPE has the constitutional power to summon before them and question any person, call for and examine any paper, book, record or other documents and to have access to stores and property.

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