May 24, Colombo: COPA which met in March to discuss using information technology for government institutions, established a committee to be led by the Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake to put forth a mechanism with action dates to be presented to the Committee prior to 15th May 2023.
Accordingly, the Committee on Public Accounts met yesterday (23) in Parliament under the chairmanship of Lasantha Alagiyawanna to present the mechanism prepared by the said Committee formed.
Thus, Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake explained in detail the use of information technology in relation to 13 government institutions. The following 13 institutions were considered regarding the use of information technology.
1. Department for Registration of Persons
2. Sri Lanka Customs
3. Import and Export Control Department
4. Department of Agriculture
5. Sri Lanka Standards Institute
6. Motor Transport Department
7. Excise Department
8. Inland Revenue Department
9. Department of Registrar of Companies
10. Registrar General's Department
11. Food Control Unit, Ministry of Health
12. Colombo Municipal Council
13. Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy
COPA discussed at length the matters arising when using information technology, updating and maintenance of the software used. Special attention was paid to the use of information technology in the Department of Registration of Persons and the software expected to be used there.
The Sri Lanka Information Technology Agency (ICTA) also explained the contribution of their organization for this purpose. furthermore, a group of officials were also connected through Zoom technology.
State Ministers Diana Gamage, Chamara Sampath Dasanayake, Members of Parliament Niroshan Perera, J. C. Alawathuwala, Dr. Major Pradeep Undugoda, Weerasumana Weerasinghe, Manjula Dissanayake, Dr. Harini Amarasuriya were present at the Committee meeting.
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