ISLAMABAD -  A sub-committee of Public Accounts Committee was informed on Thursday that employees of the Employees Oldage Benefits Institution owed Rs1.36 billion to the department.

About 6,946 employees were defaulters as of March 2009, however, the default amount was still to be recovered, the sub-committee told. The meeting, chaired by Sardar Ashiq Gopang, reviewed the audit objections of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis for year 2009-10.

Taking strict action, the committee asked the authorities concerned to recover the money and submit report in two months. The chairman EOBI Khaqan Murtaza claimed that his department carries all the record. Whereas, Secretary OPF said that they had old record. “There was no record of closed units,” he said.

A member of committee Rohail Asghar said that there was a need for proper legislation on it. A record of people, who meet with overseas Pakistanis in the jails of Saudi Arabia should also be shared with the committee, he said. The committee directed the authorities concerned to submit a detailed report of overseas Pakistanis languishing in Saudi jails.