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Auditors Find Rs5.8 trillion Irregular Spending by PML-N Govt in 2017-18

ISLAMABAD: The woes of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz are not coming to an end as the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has found out mismanagement, irregularities and unapproved spending by the ministries amounting to Rs5.8 trillion during the audit year of2017-18.   

The PML-N leadership is currently entangled in a series of corruption cases and inquiries by the top anti-corruption watchdog. The superior judiciary is also hearing many suo motu cases against its leadership over alleged misuse of powers and corruption.

In such a situation, the AGP report is setback for the former ruling party.

Daily Dawn reported that auditors’ objections raised over accounts of the federal government for 2017-18 are far greater — 87 per cent higher — than those of 36 ministries involving an amount of Rs3.12tr a year before, showing deterioration in financial control over the public money instead of improvement.

Submitted to the president and laid before parliament as required under Article 171 of the Constitution, the AGP put on record that the findings were based on scrutiny of public funds of 44 out of 60 federal ministries and divisions and did not cover amounts below Rs1 million spent or received by these entities. It said that an amount of Rs69.4 billion was recovered and deposited in the federal consolidated fund.

The AGP highlighted a total of 39 cases of weak internal control amounting to Rs5.775tr involving a series of ministries and divisions and related entities abroad. It also pointed out 82 cases of irregular expenditures or payments amounting to Rs24.75bn in violation of rules.

The AGP highlighted 26 cases of weak financial management worth Rs5.77tr and another 22 cases related to unsound asset management amounting to Rs1.3bn. There were 65 cases of recovery amounting to Rs9.12bn, while three cases were reported where record relating to Rs3.18bn was not produced on auditor’s demand.

Interestingly, the AGP also questioned misrepresentation of more than Rs3.89tr worth of supplementary grants by the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue which are required to ensure sound financial management of the federal government. In violation of Articles 80, 83and 84 of the Constitution, the finance ministry did not print these supplementary grants which accounted for 92pc of the total supplementary grants, it said.