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Message from Chairman

To strengthen the Parliamentary democracy, we are to build trust in democratic institutions for inclusive, representative and transparent Parliament which would definitely be effective in enforcing the accountability of the Government to protect the interest of the people of Pakistan. 

All out efforts have been made to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The Honourable Speaker has been requested and he issued exhaustive Directions to streamline the working of the PAC which is also committed to ensure to satisfy itself that the moneys shown in the accounts as having been disbursed were legally available for, and applicable to the service or purpose to which they have been applied or charged, that the expenditure conforms to the authority which governs it; and that every re-appropriation has been made in accordance with the provisions made in this behalf under rules framed by the Ministry of Finance.

For this purpose the PAC shall examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of state corporations, trading and manufacturing schemes, concerns and projects together with the balance sheets and statements of profit and loss accounts which the President may have required to be prepared or are prepared under the provisions of the statutory rules regulating the financing of a particular corporation trading or manufacturing scheme or concern or project and the report of the Auditor-General of Pakistan, etc. Further,  If any money has been spent on any service during a financial year in excess of the amount granted by the Assembly for that purpose, the Committee shall examine with reference to the facts of each case the circumstances leading to such an excess and make such recommendation as it may deem fit.

In an historic decision of the PAC, after hearing all the concerned, the audit jurisdiction of Auditor-General of Pakistan (AGP) has been reiterated to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, the audit of which may be conducted by the Auditor-General of Pakistan either under the directions of the President or under an Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).

15th PAC initially appointed 17 Sub-Committees to clear the backlog of 8-years Audit Reports including implementation of previous Directives of 25 years PAC Reports. Subsequently the pending business was distributed amongst the main PAC and its 8-Sub Committees which held more than 190 meetings for which all members of the PAC, in general, and the Conveners of the Sub Committees deserve special appreciation for their untiring efforts. Similarly, the PAC Secretariat also did its best to provide maximum secretarial support in coordination with the Auditor General for Pakistan and his team vigorously assisted the PAC by augmenting the quality of Briefs as per Directions of the Honourable Speaker and in regularizing the meetings of the DACs and improving the performance of Compliance Cells established in the Field Audit Offices throughout Pakistan.

We will continue to endeavor for effective Parliamentary Oversight through best utilization of the available resources, simplifying results through recoveries, ensuring accountability of all the concerned through time bound initiatives and by introducing culture  that encourages performance at all levels.

Rana Tanveer Hussain

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Last Updated On: 16th August 2022, 06:14 PM