Message from Honourable Speaker

The core functions of Parliament involve legislation, oversight and representation. As custodian of the House, I have undertaken concerted efforts to ensure that these functions are met effectively, especially the accountability role of the Legislature.

In Parliamentary System of Governance, the Executive is answerable to the Parliament.  This function is mainly carried out by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is composed of Public Representatives from across party lines. The PAC mainly functions by keeping a check on public expenditures through examining the Accounts of the Executive i.e, various branches and departments of the Federal Government, as compiled by the Controller General of Pakistan and Audit Reports thereof by the AGP. Fair and transparent accountability is the core function of the PAC, as it holds Government officials to account for the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending.

It is a matter of deep satisfaction for me that the PAC Wing along with the IT department of the National Assembly have developed and designed a robust looking website dedicatedly for PAC, by virtue of which the entire functioning of the PAC would now be accessible online. Making this information accessible for the general public is true to the spirit of Article-19 A of the Constitution, which ensures that every citizen shall have the right to access information in all matters of public importance.

I am glad to note that PAC is trying to fulfill its mandate of holding Government accountable to the best of its abilities. The proceedings of the PAC have always been open to media & PAC has been accommodating various requests to witness its proceedings. These open hearings create pressure on Government departments, Audit and Members of Parliament to be better prepared; however, the lack of established practice to conduct public hearings still persists.

In today’s digital world, nearly everyone is connected to the internet in one way or the other. I believe that not only should print and electronic media be engaged, but PAC should also ensure outreach via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in order to create pressure on Government departments to perform.

In democracies, awareness to the general public is the foremost goal and objective of the elected representatives and bodies. With this initiative, all the functioning and reports of the PAC would be available on the PAC website, which would also be accessible via the official website of the National Assembly of Pakistan. I firmly believe that this initiative would tremendously improve the credibility and performance of the Parliament, especially that of the PAC and has my full endorsement.

                                                                                                                                                                                        ( ASAD QAISER )
                                                                                                                                                                                    Speaker
                                                                                                                                                                                    National Assembly of Pakistan

 

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