Published On: Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

PAC chagrined at delay of mega projects

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ISLAMABAD: In its Wednesday meeting, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed its strong chagrin at delay in mega projects, which caused losses worth trillion of rupees.

Chairing the committee, which took detailed stock of Establishment Division’s auditory objections for the year 1998-1999, Chairman Khurshid Shah, cited incomplete projects of year 2005, which he termed as a major failure for Planning Commission, while also summoning details about additional expenses so far accrued due to delay in construction of Benazir International Airport, project.

The chairman also stressed that Planning Commission should approve its projects, to be completed within its stipulated or scheduled period; while also summoning complete details of federal projects initiated so far, including annual reports about future projects as well.

The audit officials informed the committee that despite ban on further recruitments in the department, NAB (National Accountability Bureau) recruited 40 persons, which are illegal. They also wanted to review FPSC (Federal Public service Commission) regulations, in order to discourage such ‘independent attitude’.

At one point the chairman committee asked about the regulations’ manual of NAB’s board of governors, wherein secretary Establishment regretted about not having the regulations’ manual in his possession.

Upon further inquiries from the chairman the secretary establishment also disclosed that President Mamnoon Hussain was the chairman of NAB’s Board of Governors; upon which members opined about the necessity of his presence as well. Accepting that the President could not be summoned, Khurshid Shah said that at least President could be asked, as to how he permitted NAB’s Board of Governors to allow unauthorized permission for illegal appointments.

The auditory board also disclosed about Rs 5 million worth of embezzlements in Pakistan Administrative Staff College , while the fraudster cashier Pervez had died , about which no information was given to auditory board. Secretary NAB said that the issue was being pursued by FIA (Federal Investigation Agency), while FIA reversed the charges over NAB; “because all FIA cases and authority was passed on to NAB during Oct 2004-Oct 2008”
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