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Meet: How It All happened

It took just over half an hour to complete the highly-anticipated Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday. The first sign of tension began when the Government members arrived 10 minutes after
29 Nov 2014 13:31
Meet: How It All happened
Deputy chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Balmindar Singh (left) with Chairman Biman Prasad. Photo: Rama

It took just over half an hour to complete the highly-anticipated Public Accounts Committee meeting yesterday.

The first sign of tension began when the Government members arrived 10 minutes after the starting time, prompting grumbles from members of the Opposition seated with the media and members of the public.

Government Whip Semi Koroilavesau apologised to Secretary-General Viniana Namosimalua for their lateness, saying they had been having last-minute preparations for the meeting.

Mrs Namosimalua then called the meeting to order. She proceeded with the election of a chairperson for the committee. Mr Biman Prasad was elected over Aseri Radrodro who declined a nomination by the Government side of the committee.

In a brief speech Mr Prasad said the work of the Public Accounts Committee was extremely important and they had a lot of work ahead of them.

“Our task is extremely important. We are now in the public spotlight. We will be scrutinised just as intensely as we do to the Auditor-General’s reports of the last seven years, “ he said.

The issue of the committee’s work plan was also discussed, with differences over whether to start with the 2010 or 2013 Auditor-General’s reports sorted out.

A subcommittee was also appointed to look at an offer of technical assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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