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Write-Offs Galore Because Of Missing Documents: Sudhakar

Write-Offs Galore Because Of Missing Documents: Sudhakar
Public Accounts Committee members Aseri Radrodro (left) and Ratu Sela Nanovo while questioning Ministry of Agriculture officials during their submission on May 1oth, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
May 11
09:55 2017

Public Accounts Committee chairperson Ashneel Sudhakar said he noticed that a common factor in every ministry in the 2014 Auditor-General’s report was a lot of money being written off because of missing documents.

Mr Sudhakar made the comment during a presentation by the Ministry of Agriculture and questioned them on their missing documents reported in the 2014 Auditor General’s report.

“You said some documents were found and the others weren’t. What were the reasons these documents aren’t kept properly in its sequential manner?” he questioned.

The Agriculture Ministry’s acting principal accountant Sikeli Baleisuva said the provision of supporting documents was one of the issues they faced.

Since 2015 they had managed to secure documents by locking it in a safe area, he said.

But, Mr Baleisuva said in 2014 they operated with a number of accounts.

All the accounts were handled by only one cashier, he said.

The accounts were the trust management account, operating bank account and trust fund account, he said.

Mr Baleisuva said in 2015 they required the assistance from the Ministry of Economy’s asset unit to help them reconcile the old trust management accounts operations.

“Actually we requested them to look at the actual operation of the trust management account and also to reconcile and address the issues in regards to trust management account that has been reoccurring issues and we have been working with them since 2015 till now,” he said.

Opposition Member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro said in regards to reconciliation the audit noted no evidence was provided.

He then questioned whether the ministry managed to find documents during the reconciliation.

In response, Mr Baleisuva said it had been their aim to provide supporting documents and adjustments in all the different sections of the general ledger.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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