PAC seeks details of govt officers' foreign tours

Published Sep 06, 2012 02:04pm

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Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Nadeem Afzal Gondal.—File Photo

 

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday directed the Ministry of Planning and Development to improve financial discipline and sought details within 15 days on the foreign tours of government officers and training programmes they had attended abroad.

The committee also directed the ministry to release development funds on time so that all identified projects could be completed within stipulated time.

The Public Accounts Committee met here under the chair of Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal.

The committee was apprised by the Secretary Planning and Development that around Rs 360 billion has been allocated for development projects during current financial year.

He said around 191 projects had been identified for current fiscal while out of those 81 projects are scheduled to complete by this year’s end.

“We also desire that there should be zero saving in the account of development funds and the amount allocated for development funds must be utilized on the specified projects of public representatives”, said the PAC chairman.

The PAC also directed that funds must be released to National Highway Authority so it can complete work to improve the country’s roads network.

The committee was apprised that huge amount has been released for the construction of Northern bypass and that 50 per cent funds have been released for raising of Mangla Dam. Moreover, funds have also been released for the construction of Lahore Expo Center.

The PAC also directed the ministry of Defence to submit detailed report on the scandal of the National Logistics Cell within 15 days.

Director General NLC apprised the committee that NLC was a profit earning organization and has paid back all debts.


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BNS
Sep 06, 2012 09:24pm
I regularly read about the activities of Public Accounts Committee. They are doing very good work. Thanks to their good efforts. Keep it up.
Saad (DXB)
Sep 06, 2012 02:52pm
Of course NLC is a profit earning organization. Let me tell you why.. Any shipment to Afghanistan other than the NATO shipments, can not be sent through any transporter other than NLC. This is a firm rule from the government and no NOC is ever issued as an exception. Therefore, NLC transports all the shipments to Pak-Afghan Border, where its civilian contractors takeover these goods and transport them to Afghanistan in their own trucks. I am sure NLC as descendants of Angels have never taken a dime from these private trucking companies to include them in their list of approved cargo agents. NLC is in fact a highly inefficient and non-competitive organisation and without this unfair rule which causes extra cargo charges in the Billions to traders on both sides of the borders, NLC will not be able to compete with any of the cargo companies for even a month. I openly challenge any NLC official to refute me here.
omer khan shaheen
Sep 06, 2012 04:45pm
It's about time! i think not only should they seek details about spending. It is important to follow up on the outcome of those trainings and official foreign tours. I believe every Pakistani has the right to know whether their money was spent fairly for the benefit of Pakistan or it vanished for some ones leisure trip.