PESHAWAR - The Public Accounts Committee, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, has found billions of rupees irregularities in Agriculture and Dairy Development Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and ordered a high-level inquiry against the responsible officers so as to recover the amount.
The committee meeting was held here at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House Abbottabad under the chairmanship of Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Kiramatullah Khan. The meeting was also attended by other members Saqibullah Khan Chamkani, Malik Tehmash Khan, Syed Muhammad Ali Shah Bacha and Fazal Shakoor Khan besides Secretary Assembly Amanullah Khan, Secretary Agriculture Afsar Khan, Vice Chancellor, Agriculture University Peshawar, Dr Bahadar Khan, DG Livestock Dr Ghafranullah, DG Audit Sikandar Khan and other officers and officials. The meeting took Auditor General Audit Observation 2010-11 about Director General Extension and Dairy Development Department.
The meeting took a number of decisions during the course of inquiry about embezzlement of Rs 82 lakh in Livestock and Dairy Development Department Peshawar. The committee ordered inquiry of the matter and desired that money should be deposited in treasury from the usurpers. The Speaker also ordered inquiry into the Dairy Development form and windmill in Dera Ismail Khan. The chairman desired that report should be immediately presented to Public Accounts Committee.
While discussing the matter of the same department’s audit report 2009-10, the committee also found some irregularities and dubious entries in the stock register and showed concern over the matter. The department in the reply that a clerk of the same department was forcibly retired in this matter and recovery was made from him. However, the committee rejected the plea of the department, saying that merely retiring a clerk cannot resolve the issue as only a person cannot be held responsible for such a big embezzlement. The committee was of the view that involvement of the officers concerned cannot be ruled out, adding that no one can be exempted. The committee further observed that due to lack of command and control system in the department, such irregularities occurred, which cannot be tolerated at any cost. The committee directed the Audit Department to further thrash out and investigate the matter and present a comprehensive report within 15 days. The committee meeting will now meet on Monday, July 9, 2012.