Message from Special Secretary

The importance of the business of the PAC may be viewed with reference to Article 171 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan requiring the Auditor-General of Pakistan (AGP) to submit the reports relating to the accounts of the Federation to the President, who causes them to be laid before the both Houses of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) and under rule 176 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the said reports when received from the President are laid on the Table by Minister for Finance whereby stand referred to the PAC consisting of 23 MNAs elected by the Assembly and 6 Senators elected by the Senate and Finance Minister as its ex-officio member.

15th PAC inherited 8-years Audit and 25 years PAC Reports for which initially PAC appointed 17 Sub-Committees to clear the backlog; however, subsequently the pending business was distributed amongst the main PAC and its 8-Sub Committees which are being provided secretarial support relating to Workload, Agenda, Notices, Confirmations, Coordination with AGP & Principal Accounting Officers (PAOs), Briefs, Replies of PAOs, Minutes (Actionable Points), Follow-up, Statement of Meetings, Interim, Periodical, Special and Final Reports of the PAC to the Assembly. The cardinal output of a PAC is to make a focused recommendation. Therefore, through secretarial support, it is ensured that findings of the inquiry made by the PAC reflect a strong recommendation based on specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound factors.

As per international best practices, a PAC needs non-partisan and skilled support staff including professional researchers. Although at various forums it has been emphasized that lack of support staff, in-effective mechanism of implementation and follow up, insufficient budgetary support and research staff, frequent transfer of officers to and from PAC, ineffective outreach to  Media, non-availability of technical and financial experts to independently examine the AGP Reports to enable PAC to effectively examine audit reports, lack of capacity building facilities relating to financial management system and parliamentary practices, inadequate Committee Rooms, non-availability of software and IT Modules for automated proceedings and follow up mechanisms, etc. are blockers in the performance of the PAC, yet, the PAC being one of 40 Standing Committees has always been given due consideration by the Honourable Speaker and Worthy Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat by providing the maximum secretarial support which is not available to any other Committee of the Parliament.

Undoubtedly, improvement of existing and introduction of new Information Communication Technology would add further value to the secretarial support for the PAC. Motivating efforts are being made for continuous learning of the PAC Secretariat to improve communication & interpersonal skills, initiative, flexibility, strategic outlook, decision making, people management skills, change orientation, developing others, writing skills, influencing skills, proficiency in MS Office, etc.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                         (Qamar Sohail Lodhi)
                                                                                                                                                                                             Special Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                                   National  Assembly of Pakistan

 

 

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