ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN - In a bid to rationalise government funding, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday summoned report of all the departments, which are refusing for audit even after taking funds from national exchequer.
The committee, chaired by Nadeem Afzal Chann, has also decided to take action against these departments after receiving detailed list from Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP).
Reviewing the audit objections of Cabinet Division, the committee was informed that PAC in last fiscal year 2011-12 has recovered 27.23 billions. The committee meeting, started around 30 minutes late pf schedule time, reviewed the audit objections of cabinet division (devolved ministry of local government and rural development).
Audit officials told the committee that National Rural Support Program (NRSP) had taken millions of rupees funds from ministry of local bodies and now the department was refusing for audit. This matter had already been discussed when Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan was chairing the PAC meeting. Despite clear directions of special committee to get their audit done, they said, NRSP had yet not conducted its audit.
On it, chairman PAC Nadeem Afzal Chann directed all the departments, which take funds from government of Pakistan to get their audit done. "It is necessary for them to conduct audit as soon as possible," he added. "The list of the department should be submitted to PAC which are refusing for their audit," Chann directed the AGP.
To a question, Additional Secretary Cabinet Division Ahmed Farooq told the committee that the department has still not received proposed plan of most of Member National Assembly (MNA) about their grant given under Prime Minister (PM) scheme.
Reviewing the audit para regarding non-recovery from Gas companies, the audit viewed that the unspent balance of all completed schemes from all the executing agencies should be refunded to government account. The committee also directed to settle the matter as soon as possible.
Regarding the irregularities award of work to national rural program of Rs 141.95 million, the audit observed that no detail of physical infrastructure to be developed under the project in the villages was given in the PC-1. NRSP is a company registered under the Companies Act 1984, and the work was awarded as per PC-1 of the project. Chairman directed to verify all the record in 15 days with compliance on it. The committee meeting was attended by Riaz Fatiyana, Riaz Pirzada, Yasmeen Rehman, Zahid Hamid and others.