PAC concerned over poor recovery from defaulters

ISLAMABAD –  Members of a sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee on Friday expressed serious concerns over the poor performance of national institutions in recovering money from defaulters.

They said that government departments were not properly performing their duty, which was causing a loss to the national exchequer.

These remarks were passed by PAC members reviewing the audit objections related to the Civil Association Authority (CAA) of the year 2008-09.  The committee meeting, chaired by Ashiq Gopang, directed the CAA to speed up efforts to recover amounts from defaulters.

The audit officials informed the sub-committee members that 60 passengers were deported from Muscat seven years ago but 36000 dirhams could not be recovered from them yet.

Gopang directed the authority concerned to address audit objections of 2008-09 in the light of Department Accounts Committee (DAC) recommendations and file a report within a fortnight.

Gopang said that the department should expedite efforts to recover the money. The CAA official told the committee that an amount of Rs10 million had been recovered and the remaining will also soon be recovered. The committee directed for early recovery from all CAA defaulters of the.

He also raised an objection to DAC for taking up matters. “What is the purpose of the PAC when all the matters are being reviewed in DAC meetings.

“Millions of rupees are being spent on PAC meetings for the accountability of public money,” he said. PAC member Abdul Rashid Godil said that most government officials were not fulfilling their duty.

About another audit objection, the audit officials said around Rs12 millions of Allama Iqbal International Airport Karachi was payable to 12 lincencees. The department concerned had not made full efforts to recover the amount, the committee was told. The Sub-committee met here under the chairmanship of Sardar Ashiq Gopang and attended by other members including Azam Khan Sawati, Abdul Rashid Godil, and Shahida Akther Ali.

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