PAC concerned over officials’ poor preparations

Islamabad—Sub-Committee of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday expressed its displeasure over the poor preparations for the PAC meeting by the officials of ministry of Housing and Works.
The committee met here at Parliament House which was chaired by MNA Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang.
The committee directed senior officials of Ministry to hold Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC) meetings on all the pending issues and come to the next meeting with full preparation. The committee also directed Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works to conduct inquiry against the official who released millions of rupees against 192 development schemes during 2008-09.
The audit observed that the amount was released through technical supplementary grant without administrative approval, detailed designs and estimates.
The committee in its observations said that the ministry should conduct DACs on regular basis in the ministry. The committee also directed the official of the state office to conduct inquiry into the non-recovery of standard rent for 20 years R.724,800.
The committee said that the report of the inquiry should be submitted to the PAC committee, adding that this case will be made an example.
The sub-committee also directed the State Officer to present a complete and latest report of non-recovery of rent of shops which was Rs. 427,938 before the committee. The meeting was attended by MNA Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works.
It was earlier reported that the sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) took exception to the running of financial affairs of the state-owned Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC) in the past and directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to formulate a mechanism to avoid financial leakages in future. The committee also sought the details of contractors and their relations with the PTV officials. The sub-committee met here with Sheikh Rohail Asghar in the chair.—APP

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