Meetings of the two Parliament oversight committees, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Committee on public Accounts (COPA) will be open to the media, it was announced today.

The first meeting of the two Committees were held at the Parliamentary complex today.

COPA which held its first meeting  presided by its Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana drew attention on developing a mechanism to make way in order to immediately report corruption and irregularities taking place  in State Institutions.

The Chairman said  the Committee should pay special attention to find the root causes of the issues highlighted in the audit reports and said measures should be taken to resolve issues in the State Institutions and assess the finances provided by the Parliament its performances.

Former Chairman of COPA State Minister MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna, said the Committee on Public Accounts of the 8th Parliament played a significant role and a mechanism to  evaluate 844 state institutions was introduced and it is imperative to continue the system.

He said  revenue earning institutions should be brought before the Committee and inspected immediately.

Accordingly, a decision was  taken to summon the Inland Revenue Department, Sri Lanka Customs and Excise Department before COPA on  3,4 and 5 November.

COPE also met today presided by its Chairman Charitha Herath.