Trustee’s accounts need frequent audits:Report
A Commission appointed to investigate affairs of the Public Trustee’s
Department has recommended frequent audits of its account.
The recommendation has been made in an interim report submitted
through the Buddha Sasana Ministry Secretary D.W. Abeywickrema.
Commission has so far found several irregular transactions where
funds have been spent contrary to the requests made by the owners
of the funds. The Commission was appointed on a proposal made by
the Buddha Sasana, Public Security, Law and Order Agriculture Minister
and Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake following complaints
of corruption and malpractices reported against the Department.
Commission found that after year 2000 no proper audits have been
carried out into the accounts of the department. The Commission
also has recommended the creation of the new designation of Deputy
Public Trustee should be created.
the other recommendations were that the staff should be provided
adequate training above the activities at the department. The Commission
reported that there have no proper training facilities for the staff.
Currently most of the officers appointed had legal background.
head Supreme Court Judge A.M. S. Samaraweera said the Commission
will submit its final report in three months time. Mr. Samaraweera
said the Public Trustee’s Department is the only institution
of its nature where people entrust their life interests, before
their death, to the Department with the implicit faith their wishes
would be carried out.