ISLAMABAD - Expressing displeasure over the government policies, Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Syed Khursheed Shah yesterday sought a report of countrywide appointments in the M-1 and M-2.

“How can we remain silent after observing a fraud of million of rupees, as without tender and advertisement jobs will not be acceptable,” said the chairman PAC, reviewing the audit objections of the Ministry of Water and Power and Ministry of National Health Services and Regulations (2012-13 and 2013-14).

He also expressed concerns for abruptly winding up the ongoing inquiry in the National Council of Homeopathy by FIA. “Justice should be same for all. Law should be for all,” he said and asked the PAC secretariat to write a letter to the Ministry of Interior about this irregularity on priority basis.

This council, he said, purchased a building in Rs50.6 million illegally. “People managed to flee after millions of rupees fraud but poor people are nabbed in minor cases,” he added.

Earlier, Secretary Water and Power told the committee that Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have to recover Rs 365 billion from power consumers. “Rs 365 billion are due on power defaulters,” he said.

About the over-billing cases in the country, he informed the committee that a large number of complaints are against Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO).

“We have also received several complaints regarding wrong images of meter reading,” he responded on an issue raised by PAC member Shafqat Mehmood. The issue regarding power theft was also raised in the committee.

Responding to the concerns raised by the members, the secretary further informed that power theft cannot be possible without the involvement of area department officials. It was decided to thoroughly debate the theft matter in next meeting.

About the Nandipur power project, he informed that the project would be converted to LPG by the end of year (2016).