Nov 29, 2021

Municipal Council purchases school equipment from spare parts shop!

The Auditor General's Department says that an investigation has been launched into a company that purchased nearly Rs. 5 million worth of school equipment for the pre-schools managed under the Kurunegala Municipal Council and it had revealed that it is not a company that produces school equipment, but deals with motor spare parts.

An audit report states that no recommendation was even obtained from the Technical Evaluation Committee for this purchase.

Investigations have revealed that a newspaper advertisement had been published for these purchases which did not comply with Section 5: 3: 2: of the Procurement Guidelines and according to Section 6: 2: 2 while 21 days should be given for procurement, only 09 days were given.

The Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts has expressed its displeasure to the heads of the Municipal Councils for acting in this manner.

This report has been prepared by incorporating the Auditor General's observations on the Auditor General's Reports for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 of the Kurunegala Municipal Council and the Orders given at the Committee Meeting on Public Accounts regarding the Current Performance Inspection.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is in control of the Kurunegala Municipal Council.