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Petroleum Ministry not providing records of audit observations

09 January, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was informed on Tuesday that Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources was not providing records of audit observations, which involve Rs 317 billion actionable points.

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ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was informed on Tuesday that Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources was not providing records of audit observations, which involve Rs 317 billion actionable points.

PAC Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal presided over the meeting held at Parliament House.

The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) informed the committee that his office has adopted a new approach of audit but in this regard the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources is not cooperating with audit officials. Over certain audit observations, which involved Rs 317 billion, the AGP's office wrote several letters to the Ministry of Petroleum, but regretted that not a single record was provided. The AGP said it is a matter of public importance and will be taken up immediately.

The Ministry of Petroleum secretary informed the PAC this point is not on the agenda, therefore, it will be better to discuss it in detail next time. In the meantime, Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) managing director told the committee that a few days ago a verbal call from AGP's office was received with a view to meet the AGP within two hours. In such a short time, it is impossible for the OGDCL official to meet on such a short notice.

The PAC directed the Ministry of Petroleum to provide all required documents to audit department on all audit observations. PAC Member Yasmin Rehman was of the view that in most of the audit paras non-provision of record was recorded on several occasions. She said production of records is the responsibility of Principal Accounting Officer (Secretary) and to ensure its timely production to audit officials.

The PAC also asked the AGP's office to check whether payment made by different boards of autonomous bodies is according to the law or there is violation of the law. Earlier, the committee was informed that OGDCL is paying Rs 40,000 plus pocket expenses to each member of the board for attending a meeting per day. The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd chief informed the committee that the company is paying Rs 30,000 plus other expenses for a board member for attending a meeting while the Pakistan State Oil is paying Rs 25,000 along with others.

The representative of the Ministry of Finance informed the committee that every autonomous body is authorised to frame its own rule and the board allows such types of payment to their board member.

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