The People’s Majlis authorized a budget of MVR 90 million for the Auditor General’s Office for 2022 on Wednesday, which includes an audit of the whole Civil Service for the coming year.
The Audit Office had originally sought an MVR 118.7 million budget for next year, with recurrent expenses estimated at MVR 58.9 million and the Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) projects estimated at MVR 59.7 million.
But following a review, the Majlis Public Accounts Committee lowered it by nearly MVR 28.3 million to MVR 90.3 million, with mostly capital spending decreased.
Several lawmakers voiced dissatisfaction with the Audit Office’s performance during the debate on the committee’s evaluation report on the Audit Office’s budget.
Some Majlis members expressed concern about the Audit Office’s inability to conduct regular performance audits of state institutions and state-owned enterprises, as well as the failure to recover public funds lost due to activities deemed to be in violation of the Public Finance Regulation by audit reports.
During the debate, Ilyas Labeeb, Majlis member for the Hulhudhoo constituency, proposed that an audit of the Civil Service be included in the Audit Office’s budget for next year, and the budget was passed with his recommendation with votes from 49 members on Wednesday.