KARACHI - The deputy commissioners of the districts have informed the Public Accounts Committee of Sindh Assembly that they have been made powerless in the new Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012 as they are not authorised to make inspection and monitoring of education, health and other departments in the districts.Following the complaints raised by the DCs, who the principal accounting officer of the districts, the PAC has directed the secretariat to write a letter to the Sindh chief minister and governor to look into the matter. The PAC, which met with its chairman Sardar Jam Tamachi Unar in the chair at assembly building on Wednesday, considered audit paras of the audit reports of district governments for year 2011-12.The accountability body meeting supposed to discuss the audit reports of the eight district governments-Jamshoro, Shikarpur, Tando Allahyar, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Hyderabad, Thatta and Naushero Feroze districts. But due to lack of preparations of working papers as well as absence of the Deputy Commissioners, the committee gave ten days to the districts to come up with the preparations, while considered only the audit paras of the report of Tando Allahyar district government.The Director General of Audit Department Ghulam Akbar Soho after the meeting told the media that total of 149 paras of audit reports of eight districts was supposed to be discussed by the accountability body, which involved a total sum of Rs2.396 billion spent by the district government.The committee, however, discussed the 17 audit paras of the audit report of only one district Tando Allahyar, of which 13 paras amounting Rs113 million were settled by the PAC, while 4 paras involving amount of Rs107 million deferred due to unsatisfactory replied and lack of evidence of amount spent by the district government.Deputy Commissioners of the Tando Allahyar, Hyderabad and Shikarpur districts attended the meeting, who informed the accountability body that their role of supervising the departments have been minimized in the recently passed Sindh Peoples Local Government Act 2012. ‘It seemed that the newly created post of chief officers to be made principle accounting officers in new local government system’, the DCs told the PAC, expressing reservations that Town/Tehseel Municipal Corporations, health, education and other departments in the district were also not accountable themselves to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, who is looking after the affairs of the districts.Deputy Commissioner of Tando Allahyar district, Mehdi Shah told the meeting that he was busy in meetings with the Additional Chief Secretary of home department as Chief Minister Sindh was informed in a recent meeting that Tando Allahyar is hub of sale and purchase of illegal weapons. DC said that despite the controlling officer of the district, he has no powers to make inspection of the health, education and other departments in the district. “Deputy Commissioners have no any powers in the new local government system,” officers complained. Deputy Commissioner of Hyderabad Agha Shahnawaz told the PAC that Hyderabad Town Municipal officers and other officers do not consider themselves accountable to the Deputy Commissioner.‘Town Municipal officers of the Hyderabad throw the files at the residents as well as office of him (DC) for sign, but he was not authorized to ask or make any objection over it’, Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad complained, adding that the they have not powers in the new local government law.On the complaints of the Deputy Commissioners, PAC chairman Sardar Jam Tamachi Unar in his observations said that DCs should have the powers to look into the affairs of education, health and irrigation departments.  PAC chief directed his secretariat to write a letter to the CM and Governor to look in the matter.PAC chairman in his observations also asked the DCs to visit the community centers built in the district by the former district governments as such facilities are under the possession of the feudal lords in the province. Earlier, PAC member MPA Mujadid Isran on behalf of the accountability body directed to write a letter to the Chief Secretary, informing him about the lack of interest of Deputy Commissioners in attending and settling of audit paras.