ISLAMABAD - A monitoring and implementation committee of the Public Accounts Committee of National Assembly termed the ministry of science and technology as useless and recommended the government to abolish it. The committee met under the chair of Yasmeen Rehman here at the Parliament House on Tuesday to review financial irregularities in the ministry of science and technology, Pakistan agriculture and research council and Pakistan council of scientific and industrial research. The performance of the ministry of science and technology is very pathetic. In some cases, it has played a controversial role instead of promoting research work in the country. We strongly recommend the government to take steps to make its performance better or to dissolve it, committee Chairman Yasmeen Rehman said. While expressing annoyance over the performance of Pakistan council of scientific and industrial research and reports of embezzlements in its projects, the committee in its ruling recommended the government to take strict notice of it and do the needful. The committee advised the government either to take steps to improve the performance of ministry or abolish it. Followed by the audits disclosure that PCSIR used to spend budget worth Rs900 million under the head of wages and pension of employees and it lacks money for research, the committee directed the audit authorities to dispose off audit reservations against the ministry of science and technology within in one month and report to the committee. Meanwhile, taking notice of the alleged involvement of former federal secretary food and agriculture Tariq Zafar Altaf in financial irregularities and embezzlements worth million of rupees, the committee issued him summons asking him to ensure his presence in next hearing. The auditors told committee that eight audit observations involving millions of financial irregularities and embezzlements were pending against the former secretary food and agriculture. However, the former secretary, despite lapse of 16 years, did not bother to clear any reservation against him. It is pertinent to mention here that the special committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), during its proceedings last month, took notice of illegal appointments and promotions in Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and directed the department to produce the relevant record. While reviewing the accounts of food and agriculture ministry, the committee members showed their reservations over alleged illegal appointments and sacking of contract employees of the PARC. Following the auditors request, the committee directed the NAB not to discharge case against deceased chairman of the Pakistan Agriculture and Research Council and take action within 30 days against his accomplices.