Missing records: PAC body warns health ministry

Audit authorities informed they were unable to examine audit observations raised during last 15 years


Our Correspondent July 15, 2015

ISLAMABAD:


Members of a subcommittee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday expressed anger over the missing official record of the health ministry.


A meeting of the subcommittee-I of PAC was held at Parliament House to examine audit reports of the ministries of health and information technology with MNA Shahida Akhtar Ali in chair.

The committee directed the health secretary to produce relevant record within two weeks otherwise it threatened to launch an inquiry into the issue.

Audit authorities informed the meeting that due to the absence of record, they were unable to examine audit observations raised during last 15 years.

The health secretary said during the devolution process, some 8,000 files were shifted to the devolution cell for its handing over to provinces. He informed that despite repeated reminders the cell had not yet provided that record to the ministry.

On that, a member of the committee Mian Abdul Manan termed it a lame excuse saying after partition of united India, all revenue and other records were smoothly shifted to Pakistan, while now the ministry was saying that it was unable to take over record from another government department.

The chair observed that if relevant record was not produced then the committee would exercise its constitutional right which would have serious consequences for the ministry’s top officers.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2015. 

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