ISLAMABAD - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly has expressed grave concern over illegal allotment of 3,456 flats/houses in Karachi and Islamabad to retired government officials and directed Ministry of Housing and Works to submit an inquiry report within one month. The PAC also directed the Housing Ministry to forward a summary to the Prime Minister Inspection Commission to investigate this matter. The PAC was informed that the former Housing Minister Saif-ur-Rehman had allotted flats/houses to the retired government officials through a letter without any approval from the competent authority such as the Cabinet or the Prime Minster. Audit Reports 2005-06 of Ministry of Housing and Works and Ministry of Environment were discussed in the PAC meeting held on Wednesday at Parliament House. Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Kahn chaired the meeting. Yasmeen Rehman, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Riaz Fatyana, Saeed Ahmed Zafar, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and other officials of Audit and Ministries attended the meeting. PAC Chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan termed the allotment of houses as illegal and a daylight robbery. He directed the Secretary Housing G M Sikander to complete the inquiry within one month after getting approval from the Prime Minister. The Audit official told the meeting that retired government servants were in unauthorized occupation of the flats/houses since 2004-05. He added that the Ministry neither got them vacated from the retired government servants nor made recovery of standard rent for the period 2004-05. The Audit official said that the Estate Office had to receive Rs 89.3 million under the head of rent of government houses in Karachi. The former Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works Abdur Rauf Chaudhry, who is now Secretary of Education Ministry, told the meeting that 3,158 certificates were issued to the government officials for using these flats/houses through a letter signed by the Minister. He said that earlier earthquake affected people were living in G-6 Islamabad flats but after it the Police officials occupied these quarters. He said that nowadays the Police officials were illegally living in these flats. He informed the meeting that electricity bills to the tune of Rs 20 million were unpaid. Similarly, the bills of gas and water were not being paid since 2005. He further apprised the meeting that he had sent a summary to the Prime Minster regarding the matter for his approval but the relevant file was reported to have been misplaced. PAC Chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Kahn directed the Secretary to submit an inquiry report within one month fixing the responsibility for the lapse. The Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works told the meeting that he would send a summary to the Prime Minister requesting to conduct an inquiry through a commission. During discussion of Audit report, the Audit Officials told the meeting that the Ministry faced a loss of Rs 3.425 million due to hiring of consultancy services of M/s A.F. Ferguson and Company on a single tender basis. The PAC Chairman said that accountability and responsibility should be fixed for the irregularities. He added that no Prime Minister, Minister or bureaucrat could violate the PEMRA rules and regulations. He directed to submit an inquiry report within two weeks in this regard. During discussions of the Audit repot of Environment Ministry, the PAC ordered Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari to conduct environment survey of the towers installed by mobile phone companies. The PAC Chairman said that many towers of mobile phone companies were installed on the rooftops of the houses in residential areas. He said that waves emitted from the towers were badly affecting the health of children. The PAC Chairman directed the Environment Secretary to submit a detailed briefing regarding the pollution being caused due to sugar mills, chemical industries and CNG stations in cities and brick kilns around the towns and also the performance of the Ministry, in the next meeting of the committee.