KARACHI - A number of anomalies in the financial records of the universities and education boards of Sindh were seen during the consideration and discussion of audit reports for the year 2003-04 at the meeting of Public Accounts Committee of Sindh Assembly held with its Chairman Sardar Jam Tamachi in the chair on Wednesday here in the Sindh Assembly building. The PAC was informed that in Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro an amount of Rs3.90 million was paid as computer allowance to 252 personnel, though they were not posted on computer-related jobs. In the Board of Secondary Education Karachi and Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, an amount of Rs1.634 million was paid to employees on account of house rent allowance, whereas they were also allotted official accommodation by the boards. A hostel building of Sindh Board of Technical Education and two residential quarters were in occupation of Bhitai Rangers since July 1994, and all utility bills were being paid by the Board. The rental amount worked out by the Board was Rs1.408million. In Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, University of Sindh Jamshoro and Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, an amount of Rs98.301 million was transferred from various department schemes without prior approval of competent authority. In University of Karachi, an amount of Rs78.115 million was paid on account of electricity, gas and water charges, violating rules and regulations. In the same university, it was observed that there was difference of Rs34.433 million between the figures of accounts section and examination section. In KU, an amount of Rs7.340 million was paid as overtime to Malis, drivers and other staff despite the fact that 300 persons were available as contingent paid staff. In Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, an expenditure of Rs4.812 million was incurred on construction of a shopping center while without inviting tenders and fulfilling legal requirements. In University of Sindh Jamshoro, HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry Karachi and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, an amount of Rs1.947 million was spent on the purchase of various items without calling of tender and obtaining sanction of the higher authority. In Board of Intermediate Education Karachi, an amount of Rs966,000 was paid to employees on account of encashment of causal leave, which was not permissible under rules. In Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, an amount of Rs934,475 were paid by the university in respect of accommodation of employees and shopkeepers while the same was not recovered from them. The PAC found that nine universities and boards of education of Sindh could not produce record of expenditure of Rs230.610 million to audit for scrutiny. Later, talking to newsmen, PAC chairman said corruption got deep rooted in government departments as no importance had been given to accountability process in them for last several years. Now when PAC meetings are being held, government departments have started to hold their DAC meetings, he noted. He observed that a secretary of any department was considered as chief accounting officer of his department and corruption could be decreased if he checks accounts of the department on fortnightly or monthly basis.