Audit finds Rs632m embezzlement in DGPR Punjab accounts

Published: February 19, 2011

The audit team has blamed Midas Private Limited, an advertising company for the embezzlemnent of funds.

A special audit conducted by the Auditor General of Pakistan has unearthed irregularities and misappropriation to the tune of Rs632 million in the advertisement section of Director General Public Relations (DGPR) Punjab, showed a letter written by the Government of Punjab to All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

The audit team has blamed Midas Private Limited, an advertising company, which has been working with the Punjab government since 1996, for the embezzlement of funds.

According to the audit of accounts for 2006-07 and 2007-08, Midas failed to produce CDs of programmes which were to be telecast between April and July 2007 but got payments for these four months in advance.

Besides, it did not deposit 15 per cent general sales tax in the government kitty and also failed to pay income tax, the Punjab government letter said.

In addition to these, the company overcharged the provincial government in respect of Crore Pati Scheme advertisements in newspapers.

It also received payments for telecasting programmes during prime time but the programmes were shown during non-prime time.

The audit also pointed out that the company telecast spots for less than the agreed duration and got payments for higher duration.

In the letter, the Punjab government told APNS that it could hire the services of audit companies – KPMG or Ferguson – for an independent audit to ascertain financial irregularities in the case.

It also asked APNS to persuade Midas to reconcile its receipts and pay back the excess amount.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2011.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Ali Turk
    Feb 19, 2011 - 8:47AM

    Please inform us ,when as a result of audit no fraud, mis-appropriation is found.

    What has happened to ethics,honesty……..Recommend

  • Imran
    Feb 19, 2011 - 11:37AM

    Good governance of the Punjab Government!Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Feb 19, 2011 - 1:53PM

    So much for Good Governance of Shahbaz Sharif Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 19, 2011 - 7:43PM

    Punjab CM does not need to worry, SC is in PMLN pocket. The judiciary has already given stay order to the Punjab government and clean chit to Sharifs.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Feb 20, 2011 - 6:00AM

    so whats going to happen ? is anyone going to go to jail?Recommend

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