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PAC expresses concern over losses of MODP funds during Musharraf era.

ISLAMABAD -- Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday expressed its indignation over the losses of millions of rupees of Ministry of Defence Production (MODP) and directed the officials to expedite the recovery.

Chairman PAC Nadeem Afzal Gondal while chairing the meeting of the committee said the rules must be followed while procuring any item or inking agreement.

He directed the audit defying departments to settle the issue with AGPR or else a reference would be filed in the parliament for seeking directions.

Public Accounts Committee has asked the 14 defying departments to allow audit by AGPR as eighteenth amendment has empowered the AGPR to conduct audit of all departments running under Government or drawing funds from it.

Chairman PAC directed to issue notice to Pakistan Telecommunication Department (PTCL) to appear before the committee for settling the issue of conducting audit.

Joint Secretary IT told the PAC that the rules do not permit for audit of PTCL. Out of 10 members Board of Directors (BoD), four members represent the Government and six represents Etisalat.

PAC observed that the agreement inked with the Etisalat is anti-Pakistan.

Secretary Ministry of Defence Production said the audit of two departments including Wah Noble Private and Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF) Welfare could not be conducted due to its independent and private nature.

Chairman PAC said the issue must be settled bilaterally and if not a reference would be filed in Parliament seeking directions in this regard.

The PAC observed that GE (DP) Taxila paid a sum of Rs 17.99 million as penalty from July 2003 to June 2006 due to non maintenance of required power factor. PAC has given one month time to settle the issue. An official said efforts are underway to settle the issue with IESCO to adjust the aforementioned amount in future bills.

PAC has given two weeks time to National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) to settle the issue of recovery of Rs 6.263 million from PTCL.

Secretary Defence Production said 98 percent amount has already been recovered. Only 300,000 are still recoverable.

NTRC failed to supply equipments to PTCL during the stipulated periods. As a result, PTCL deducted liquidated damages of Rs 6.263 million during the period from May 2002 to Aug 2005.

PAC has directed the ministry of defence production to follow the rules while procuring equipments only from registered firms, who happens to pay sales tax to the Government.

PAC expressed its indignation to ministry of defence production for the losses of $ 9.5 million to national exchequer for indigenous manufacturing of two Tug Boats in 1999.

On the matter of late receipt of Rs 0.574 million rent agreement signed between DGMP and Micro Electronics International (Lahore) on Feb 1, 1999. As per record the rent was deposited to National exchequer five months late.

PAC observed that the cheques must not be deposited in personal account.

On the issue of non recovery of rent amounting to Rs 751,689 from school/ college at Mirage Rebuild Factory, Kamra, the Officials of the factory said the school has already been declared welfare organisation thus rents could not be imposed on it.

PAC observed that the an organization cannot be declared welfare organization without following set rules.

Chairman directed to settle the issue within a 15 days and the matter should be referred back to PAC for final settlement.

MNA Ms Yasmeen Rehman, Hamid Yar Hiraj, Qari Noorul Haq Qadri, Chaudhary Saeed Iqbal attended the meeting.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 28, 2012
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