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 foreign tours of government officers and any training programmes that they may have attended abroad.
The committee also directed the ministry to release development funds on time so that all identified projects could be completed within their stipulated time.
The PAC meeting was presided over by committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal.
The committee was apprised by the Secretary Planning and Development that around Rs360 billion has been allocated for development projects during the current fiscal year.
He added that around 191 projects have been identified for the current year of which 81 projects were scheduled to be completed by this year’s end.
“We also desire that there should be zero saving in development funds account and the amount allocated for development funds must be utilised on the specified projects of public representatives,” said the PAC chairman.
The PAC also directed that funds must be released to the National Highway Authority so that it can complete work on improving the country’s road networks.
The committee was apprised that a huge amount was released for the construction of the Northern bypass. Additionally 50 per cent of the funds have been released for raising of the Mangla Dam. Moreover, funds have also been released for the construction of the Lahore Expo Center.
The PAC had also directed the Ministry of Defence to submit a 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 organisation which has paid back all its debts.