Home Ministry claimed today that pending payments for expenses by the various Councils and National Offices during the tenure of the former President Mohamed Nasheed's administration total over MVR26 million.
Speaking to Haveeru, an official of the Home Ministry revealed that the payable bills for the expenses of Councils amount to MVR23 million while the National Offices have over MVR3 million pending payments.
Furthermore, Home Ministry has found that most of the pending payments are for various services sought absent a formal agreement, according to the official.
“Most services had been sought with only a verbal agreement. The regulations specified in the Financial Act have not been met. Some of the services that required a bidding process had not been fulfilled. The bills have been brought after seeking services without any agreements,” official detailed.
Home Ministry is currently in discussions with regard to the matter as it would be difficult to settle bills where expenses had been incurred in violation of the Financial Act, official added.
“We cannot settle such bills. How can we pay any bills without an agreement and in violation of financial regulations? In addition the National Offices have also now been abolished,” official further said.
“A decision in relation to the matter is yet to be made, as we can only facilitate such things within the contours of the law.”