ACCOUNTABILITY is the hallmark of any agenda to be successfully completed. Our accountability institutions are notorious when it comes to their output and performance of tasks.
Either they fail to conduct transparent accountability or they sell their conscience by acquiring a few facilities from the department whose accountability they are assigned to conduct.
The Pakistan Audit Department and Office of AGP are responsible for conducting pre-audit (conducted by Accountant Generals) and post-payment audit (conducted by Auditor General Office) of all spending ministries and departments of the federation and provinces.
However, it is unfortunate to mention that neither pre-audit is conducted according to the law nor post-payment audit is conducted according to international standards.
Here audit paras are sold by acquiring a few facilities like a car for the audit officer. The spending department after giving the facility of a car became free from accountability and thus public money is squandered in connivance with audit authorities who are supposed to be custodian of public money.
When it comes to pre-audit, which is the prime responsibility of AGs, the scenario is even worse. An official car to the AG of the province concerned by the transport pool of the provincial government of that province is enough to make payment without any pre-audit. All AGs have monetised their car facility and are drawing Rs85,000 a month in lieu of the official car by availing themselves of the federal government’s policy of monetisation.
Thus, the sole purpose of accountability is strangulated by this form of corruption. The AGP should look into this trend and punish those officers who are selling public money just for their own comforts.
NAME WITHHELD ON REQUEST Lahore