10 Dec - COPE Committee exposed ICTA failure projects.
The e-Pension Project initiated by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd (ICTA)
at a cost of Rs. 232 million is a complete failure, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has found.
It was revealed at the COPE committee meeting held (08 Dec) that the project was not implemented island wide and was abandoned
on the 1st of November 2013 due to various software and hardware issues.
ICTA was entrusted with the responsibility of developing the hardware and software for the project using government funding to initially
provide pension online to the pensioners of the Western Province covering the District Secretariat, the Armed Forces, the Department of Prisons,
the Department of Railways and the Department of Civil Defense.
Rs. 278.54 million has been dissipated by ICTA as a result and that the situation is no different when considering the other failed projects.
Accordingly, though the Google Loon project by ICTA with the objective of providing internet access island wide wasn’t executed,
COPE revealed that Rs. 1,851,322 (1.8 million) have been spent to release Google Loon equipment from the customs & Rs. 6,427,941 (6.4 Million)
have been spent for project promotions, thus falling under the list of its failed projects.
The aforesaid issues were raised at the COPE (08 Dec) which was chaired by (Prof.) Charitha Herath in Parliament.
COPE chairman also revealed that the 2017 corporate plan which was made at a cost of Rs. 2,737,000 million has been discarded without being forwarded for approval.
Thus, the COPE chairman directed ICTA to conduct an investigation from 2003-2019 and provide with a report on this regard.
The COPE was also dissatisfied with the recruitment of officials under contract basis to senior positions of ICTA. Therefore, the COPE pointed out the need to create several key positions on a permanent basis along with a proper hierarchy within the ICTA.
Taking legal action against any officials who have committed any form of corruption or wrongdoing was also recommended by the COPE chairman.