ISLAMABAD - Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was informed on Tuesday that 22 bulletproof vehicles, worth Rs 600 million, were purchased in 2004-05 sans amending rules.

The committee directed to take back these vehicles in one month from those who are not entitled. The parliamentary committee held under the chairmanship Nadeem Afzal Chann to review the audit objections related to Cabinet Division telecom sector. The committee sought the list of VVIP who are not entitled to keep these bulletproof vehicles.

Secretary Cabinet Division Nargis Sethi informed the committee that these vehicles are in use of Chairman Senate, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff, Army Chief, PML(N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, PML(Q) Chief Chaudhary Shujat, Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Chief Minister Balochistan, Chief Minister KPK, Asfand Yar Wali, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, speaker KPK and three lying under PM House.

On it, the committee also asked to amend the rules or take these bulletproof vehicles back in one month who are not entitled. Secretary Cabinet Division remarked that she has not courage to take back these vehicles. On the directions of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, a lot of money has also been spent on the maintenance of these vehicles, she added.

Reviewing the audit paras related to telecommunication sector (2004 to 2008), the committee expressed displeasure over non-recovery of Access Promotion Contribution for Universal Service Fund. It was asked to PTA to get verified their claimed recovery of Rs1102.953 million out of total Rs 1196.957 million fund from audit. The committee member also viewed that national telecommunication company should establish its gateway to watch illegal traffic, as earlier Chairman informed that PTA had recorded 1.5 billion minutes of gray traffic during the last year.

The chairman PTA informed the committee about distributing ‘Eidi’ (amounting one basic salary) on last Eid.  To a query, chairman replied he might have also taken this ‘eidi’ (one basic salary which is Rs 0.35million) on that occasion. The PAC expressed serious reservation on it.

Reviewing the audit objection about non-recovery of five percent normal rent amounting to Rs 663529 the PAC sought detailed report in a fortnight time. The management in its response said that five percent recovery on account of house rent charges was discontinued due to reasons that employees themselves would be responsible for the repair of house occupies by them and there would be no liability on the part of PTA in this regard.

The committee clubbed the audit objections including overpayment of Rs1.908million on accounts of house requisition, irregular expenditure of Rs9.100milion on purchase of vehicles, undue payment of Rs 6.688million on account of gratuity and leave encashment, irregular payment of bonus amounting to Rs2.906million. The committee sought report in fifteen days on all these para. Reviewing the audit objection related to non-imposition recovery of penalty from mobile company -Rs 28.056million and non-recovery of penaltyof Rs 31.191million on un-staggered frequencies, the committee sought detailed report in one months.