Report against Akhter Buland Rana Auditor General of Pakistan

Akhter Buland Rana has now been convicted to 12 months in prison 

CONFIDENTIAL

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Public Accounts Committee Wing)

www.pac.na.gov.pk

REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ON: EXCESS SALARY AND PRIVILEGES OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF PAKISTAN IN THE LIGHT OF SCHEDULE TO AGP ORDINANCE 2001 AND SRO 1074 (1)/2007.

            I, the Convener of Sub-Committee of Public Accounts Committee, have the honor to present this report under Rule 224(2) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007 regarding the “Excess Salary and Privileges of the Auditor General of Pakistan in the light of Schedule to AGP Ordinance 2001 and SRO 1074 (1)/2007”.

2)         The Committee comprised the following members and representatives:

1)    Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA                                     Convener

2)    Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA                                                               Member

3)    Farah Ayub Tarin, Controller General of Accounts

4)    Mr. Shabbir Ahmed, Additional Secretary (Exp), Finance Division

5)    Mr. Abdul Malik Ghauri, Senior Joint Secretary, M/o Law, Justice & Human Rights

6)    Dr. Masood Akhter Ch. Joint Secretary (Admin), Establishment Division

3)         The Public Accounts Committee took serious note of a News Story published in the National Press. The news story reflected that the Auditor General of Pakistan has allegedly committed certain irregularities and was drawing excessive salary, allowances and privileges without the approval of competent authority. Moreover, his salary slip shows him in the category of BPS 23. After analyzing the facts, the PAC constituted a Sub-Committee to probe into the matter independently and transparently.

4)         The Sub-Committee initiated its proceedings on 18th March 2014. During its first meeting Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Ms. Farah Ayub Tarin explained various aspects of the salary of the Auditor General of Pakistan  (AGP). The Committee was informed that the salary of the Auditor General is governed by SRO 1074(1)/2007 issued by Finance Division according to which the Auditor General will be paid “salary which is 20% higher than the maximum salary payable to an officer in Revised Basic Pay Scale 22”. The CGA further explained to the Committee that the Auditor General is drawing following three items that are not covered under the and SRO 1074(1)/2007 issued by Finance Division

a.         Car Monetization Allowance: On introduction of compulsory transport facility, AGP office asked the AGPR to include Rs. 115092 (95910 + 20%) in the pay of the Auditor General. AGPR referred the matter to Finance Division who clarified vide letter No 4(1) Services 1/2011-12-124 dated 11-01-2012 that the subject policy is not applicable to the officials holding constitutional posts including the Auditor General. Based on this clarification, AGPR refused to pay the Car Monetization Allowance. Later, after the transfer of the then AGPR (Farah Ayub Tarin), the same was allowed by the new AGPR (Manzar Hafeez Mian) by revising his pay slip and an arrear of Rs. 1,595,752/- was drawn. So far more than Rs. 3.00 million has been paid irregularly.

b. Personal Pay:Personal pay of Rs 6100/- per month is not admissible vide Law Divisions OM No. F. 1(10)/2014.SJS-I dated 1st April2014 according to which proviso under section 3 of the schedule to the Ordinance (XXIII of 2001) has been withdrawn and restricted the pay of the Auditor General to the maximum of BS 22 which is Rs 85700/- and hence Personal Pay over and above the maximum is not admissible. Amount overdrawn on this account is Rs 228,100/- (Rs 6100 + 20%=7320*31 months 5 days)

c.    Special Pay: Auditor General in total disregard of the Finance Division’s OM No. F.1 (5) R-4/95 dated 31st July 2006 added personal pay (Rs. 6100) to his basic pay, which was maximum of BS 22 (Rs. 85700) to calculate the Special pay. According to para 2(ii) of the said OM Special Pay “will be admissible on Basic Pay being drawn or on the maximum of Basic Pay scale 22, whichever is less”. The amount overdrawn works out to Rs. 32208/- (Rs. 6100*20% = 1220*20%=1464 *21 Months)

d.         Pension: Procedure of calculating monthly pension as per SRO is that Rs. 25000/month is earned in each serving year by the AGP and the same is calculated at the end of the term which is Rs. 25000*4 = 100,000/12 = Rs. 8333/month. Based on this, the AGP on completion of his term is allowed Rs. 8333/month. On the contrary, the AGP insisted to allow him pension at Rs. 25000/month and also to draw arrears of the period that he has served as AGP. The AGPR has confirmed that so far no payment has been made in this regard.

e.         The CGA informed the Committee that the office of the Auditor General vide its letter No 108/Admn-II/BG/C/20116072 dated 21-05-2013 asked the AGPR to show salary of the Auditor General without showing detailed Employee Related heads as per classification given in the Chart of Account in the pay slip. This is not only a deviation from the standard rules but it also violates the principles of transparency. She further added that no change can be made in the classification as budget is based on the prescribed classification which is required to be followed for every expense incurred from the budget.

f.          The Committee asserted that the interpretation of Auditor General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms of Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2001 (XXIII of 2001) by the then AGPR (Ms. Farah Ayub Tarin) was in line with the Finance Divisions interpretation. The Finance Division in responding to the queries of AGPR time and again stated that the monetization policy is not applicable to the officials holding constitutional posts including the Auditor General.

g.         Subsequently, when the new AGPR, Mr. Manzar Hafeez Mian took the charge, the Auditor General office communicated to the AGPR that as per Schedule, the Auditor General is entitled to all such benefits including entitlements pertaining to travel, as are admissible to Minister of State and is accordingly entitled to utilities and sumptuary allowance under Federal Minister and Ministers of State Act, 1975. In terms thereof, the AGP does not have basic pay or allowances as are given to a BS-22 officer of the Government. He is entitled to a lump sum salary, sumptuary allowance and utility allowance. The method of calculating the salary of the Auditor General would form part of the record of AGPR without being shown in the pay slip. The AGPR by merging all pay and allowances in the salary of AGP ignoring rules and Finance Division directives committed sheer violation of rules. The then CGA, Mr. Farhad Khan, by endorsing the same also went beyond existing rules.

h.         The CGA, Ms. Farah Ayub Tarin also submitted that she was victimized by Auditor General because of her principled stand and she had to file two writ petitions in the Islamabad High Court.      

5)         The Sub –Committee in its 2nd   meeting questioned the then AGPR, Mr. Manzar Hafeez Mian and the then CGA, Mr. Farhad Khan.  The participants of the committee inquired the then AGPR as to why he did not take legal stance like his predecessor in the case of fixation of pay of Auditor General of Pakistan, even when clear cut verdict of the Finance Division was also present which clearly stated that the constitutional post holders are not entitled to monetization allowance.  Mr. Hafeez did not give any plausible reason or justification to the queries of the Committee. On the matter regarding the salary slip of the Auditor General, the Committee observed that salary and allowances of Auditor General of Pakistan should not be shown in lump sum but separately under each head in his salary slip issued by the AGPR.

6)         The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights informed the Sub-Committee that the matter has been considered by the Ministry that section 3 of the Auditor General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms of Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2001 (XXIII of 2001) provides that the salary, pension and other terms and conditions of service of the Auditor General shall be as provided in the Schedule to that Ordinance. Section 20 thereof provides that the Federal Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, amend the Schedule so as to add any entry thereto or modify or omit any entry therein. The Ministry of law clarified that from perusal of the said provisions of the Ordinance, it emerges that the Federal Government is empowered to settle pay, allowances and pension of the Auditor General as may be prescribed in the Schedule, therefore, the matter comes within the domain of the Finance Division and under clause (i) of sub-rule (1) of rule 12 of the Rules of Business, 1973, interpretation of the rules made by the Finance Division also comes within the domain of that division. Similarly in terms of entries 1 and 3 under item 12 of schedule-II to the said rules, business allocated to the Finance Division includes finances of the Federal Government and Financial matters affecting the country as a whole and accounts and audit.

7)         The Sub-Committee also examined the record containing the whole period pertaining to official vehicles under the Auditor General of Pakistan, received from the Department of Auditor General of Pakistan.

8)         The Sub-Committee continued to probe the issue on 27th March, 2014 in the light of documents furnished. The Finance Division’s Office Memorandum No. F-1(5) R-4/95 dated July 31, 2006 regarding grant of Special Pay @ 20% of Basic Pay to all Federal Secretaries came under discussion. Its Para 2 (ii) restricts Special Pay of 20% on basic pay being drawn or on the maximum of Basic Pay Scale-22 whichever is less. The Sub-Committee noted that Special Pay is not admissible on any amount beyond the maximum of the scale under the said rule. The Accountant General Pakistan Revenues and others endorsed the view point as well.

9)         Thereafter, the Sub-Committee examined the Controller General of Accounts letter No. 06/CGA/Reg/3-23/2012/83 dated January 7, 2013. Its Para 2 reflects that the matter has been resolved in Accountant General Pakistan Revenues regarding pension and pay fixation of Auditor General of Pakistan. The then AGPR (Mr. Manzar Hafeez Mian) explained to the Committee that this was a provisional decision. The representative  from Finance Division, (Mr. Shabbir Ahmad) apprised the Sub-Committee that 80% of due amount in the shape of provisional payments can be made in peculiar circumstances after completing certain formalities by an officer (to avoid hardship) to whom the provisional payments are being made.

10)       The Auditor General Office letter No. 994/32/Adm-III(Trp)/C/2013-14 dated March 25, 2014 was also examined by the Sub-Committee which reflects that vehicle No.GV-767 and GT-825 are at the disposal of Auditor General of Pakistan. The Auditor General Office while clarifying in their letter stated that the Auditor General of Pakistan is entitled to all such benefits including entitlement pertaining to travel, as are admissible to a Minister of State. Federal Ministers and Minister of State (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) Act 1975 envisages that Minister of State and the member of his family shall be entitled to the use of an official car maintained at the cost of the government in accordance with the rules framed by the government for the use of staff cars. Auditor General of Pakistan is entitled to one vehicle as allowed to Minister of State.

11)       The Committee meetings continued on 27th March, 2014 for the third day in a row. During this meeting the Committee, asked Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division Mr. Zia-ul-Haq to explain the contents of Rules/Policy for Monetization of Transport Facility for Civil Servants. The Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division explained that:

  1. No officer of BS-20 to BS-22 will be entitled and authorized to use Project Vehicles or the departmental operational/general duty vehicles for any kind of duty. However, they may be allowed the facility to avail the Departmental Operational/General Duty vehicles subject to entitlement/availability of the vehicle in case they have to undertake official/local/out station/in land country tours subject to approval of the competent authority/ the PAO.
  2. The PAO shall render certificates about the detail of vehicles presently allocated to entitled officers.
  3. The PAO shall obtain a certificate from each of the entitled officer in BS-20 to BS-22 including himself/herself that he/she is not in possession or using any project vehicle or the Departmental Operational/General Duty vehicle, as well as any vehicle of an organization or body corporate in his/her ex-officio capacity as members of its Board, except the vehicle allocated to him/her through the monetization policy.
  4. The Services of regular permanent drivers will be offered to BS-20 to BS-22 Civil Servants on optional basis on deduction of Rs.10,000/- per month from monetized value. The drivers allocated to civil servants will remain on the strength of the Ministry/Division/ Department for the purpose of their Pay, Allowances and Pension etc.
  5. The Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division concluded that this policy is not applicable to functionaries holding Constitutional Posts. The Sub-Committee concluded that Monetization is not an allowance and thus the payment of this Allowance to the Auditor General is in violation of the rules.

12)       In its fifth meeting the Committee had to question the Principal Accounting officer, but due to the sad demise of his father, Mr. Javed Jahangir, Deputy Auditor General and Mr. Dost Ali Shah, Director General (B&A) from Auditor-General Office attended the meeting of the Sub-Committee on his behalf.  Committee enquired from the Acting Principal Accounting Officer to explain the contents of their letter No. 994/32/Admn-III (TRP)/C/2013-14 dated March 25, 2014 regarding the use of two Vehicles: GV-767 and GT-825 by the Auditor General. To this the Acting PAO explained that vehicle No. GV-767 and GT-825 (replaced later with vehicle No. GK-091) are at the disposal of the Auditor General of Pakistan. He further explained that schedule of Auditor-General’s (functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) Ordinance 2001 gives the Auditor General of Pakistan the status of the Minister of State.

13)       The Acting Principal Accounting Officer further explained to the Sub-Committee that Federal Ministers and Ministers of State (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) Act 1975 envisages that Ministers and Ministers of State and the members of his family shall be entitled to the use of an official car maintained at the cost of the government in accordance with the rules framed by the government for the use of staff cars. Auditor General of Pakistan is using vehicle as per his entitlement as Minister of State. Moreover, the details given by the Auditor General Office on POL/maintenance cost incurred so far on the both vehicles under the use of Auditor General of Pakistan are as follows:-

Details of expenditure incurred up to March 2014 on Repair and POL

relating to vehicles under the use of the Auditor General of Pakistan 

Vehicle No.GV-767

Vehicle No. GK-091 use for AGP’s protocol duties

POL

Repair

POL

Repair

1,286,323

215,266

1,022,767

237,254

14)       On the queries of the Sub-Committee, whether any security has been provided to the Auditor General, the acting Principal Accounting Officer apprised the committee that no security has been provided to the Auditor General. However his personal staff travels with him for security purposes in the second car. The Sub-Committee was informed that Minister of State is entitled to one car only. The Sub-Committee observed that use of two vehicles by the Auditor General of Pakistan is against the existing law.

15)       The Committee enquired from the acting Principal Accounting Officer as to whether the monetization allowance is admissible to the constitutional post holders?  To this he agreed that monetization allowance is not admissible to the State functionaries holding Constitutional Posts.  On the matter of the revised pay slip and provisional payments to the Auditor General of Pakistan, the Sub-Committee observed that all this was kept hidden for particular financial benefits.

16)       The Committee further enquired about the information asked by the Committee vide National Assembly Secretariat letter No.F.1 (1)/2014-PAC dated 27th March, 2014. 

The information required by the Committee was:

a)              Copies of request for use of official vehicles, as required under Sub-Rule-VII of Policy for Monetization of transport facility.

b)             Log books record of Vehicle No. GV-767 and GK-091 under the use of Auditor General of Pakistan, as requested earlier vide this Secretariat letter No.F.1 (1)/2014-PAC dated 19th March, 2014.

c)         Record of the said vehicles required under each clause of Rules/Policy for Monetization of Transport Facility for Civil Servants issued by the Cabinet Secretariat vide letter No. 6/7/2011-CCP dated December 12, 2011 with comments, including Certificates at Appendix-III, IV, V, VI, VII & VIII duly signed by the competent officer.

            The response given by the Auditor General’s office in reply to these queries could not satisfy the Committee. The Auditor General’s office further committed to provide the log books of the vehicles by 02:00 pm on the same day. However the Auditor General’s office handed over only one log book which was found incomplete and was not duly verified by any authorized officer.

17)       The Committee also examined the Auditor General of Pakistan’s letter No. 01-Sr.PS/AGP/PF/2014/639 dated 21st March, 2014 to the Accountant General Pakistan Revenues, Islamabad regarding authorization for crediting monthly basic salary of the Auditor General of Pakistan equally among Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Islamabad, Shaukat Khannum Memorial Trust, Lahore, Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation, Karachi and remaining one-fourth in his personal account. The Sub-Committee termed this sort of charity illegal after considering the opinion of representative from Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights. 

18)       At the end of the meeting, the Sub-Committee concluded that involving the press by AGP in this state of affairs is against the law of land.

19)       The sixth meeting of the Sub-Committee was held on 8th April 2014, in which the Auditor General of Pakistan and the Principal Accounting Officer (PAO) were invited. Neither the Auditor General of Pakistan nor did the PAO turn up in this meeting. On the directives of the Sub-Committee, the representative of the National Assembly contacted the Auditor General at telephone No. 051-9224080 and the Principal Accounting Officer at telephone No. 051-9219161 respectively. The Auditor General’s telephone was attended by Mr. Abdul Aziz Abbasi SPS to Auditor General who informed that the Auditor General of Pakistan was in the office but he would not attend the meeting. However, when the PAO was contacted on the phone he informed that he would not attend the Sub-Committee meeting arguing that his junior (Mr. Javed Jahangir, Deputy Auditor General) had already given the official version in the last meeting of the Sub-Committee.

20)       The Sub-Committee took a serious note and ascertained, whether the Sub-Committee of the Public Accounts Committee has the jurisdiction to summon the Auditor General of Pakistan, who is holding a Constitutional Post. The Committee was apprised that under Rule 227 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly Secretariat, 2007 the Committee has the jurisdiction to summon the Auditor General. In the subsequent meetings it was further clarified by the Ministry of Law, Justice & Human Rights through its O.M. No. 13(1)/2014-PAC dated 16th April, 2014.  The said O.M. stated that under serial no. 32 of the Schedule III to the Rules of Business, 1973, the office of Auditor General is an attached department of Ministry of Finance. The Rules of Business, 1973 derives its authority direct from the Constitution and thus has the force of law. The said O.M. further stated that it is not correct that the Department of the AGP is at par with the Supreme Court of Pakistan, because under provisions of Article 81 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan the expenditure relating to the Judges of the Supreme Court is expenditure charged upon the Federal Consolidated Fund and not liable to vote in the National Assembly in view of the provision of clause (1) of Article 82 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

            The office of the Auditor General gets its budget from the Parliament, and must show deference to the Parliament and to avoid serious consequences which may emanate in case of contumacious conduct in violation of Rule 227 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 whereby the Chairman of the Committee has been given power of a civil court for enforcing the attendance of any person and production of documents. No immunity has been given to the Office of the Auditor General of Pakistan by Constitution or any other Law in force.

21)       Thereafter, the Sub-Committee examined the Log Book pertaining to Vehicle No.  GK-091 under the use of Auditor General of Pakistan. The Sub-Committee invited comments from Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division (Mr. Zia-ul-Haq), who replied that the Log Book has not been maintained properly. Moreover, the originality of the Log Book seems doubtful.

22)       The Sub-Committee also examined the Auditor General of Pakistan’s case in the light of Rule-12 of the Rules of Business, 1973. The Rule-12 and its Sub-Rule “h” and “i” says as under:-

“Consultation with the Finance Division: – (1) No Division shall, without previous consultation with the Finance Division, authorize the issue of any order, other than orders in pursuance of any general or special delegation made by the Finance Division, which will affect directly or indirectly the finances of the Federation.

(h)       A change in the terms and conditions of service of Government servants, on their statutory rights and privileges, which have financial implications.

(i)        Interpretation of rules made by the Finance Division.

23)       The Sub-Committee then inspected the various correspondences made between the offices of Auditor General of Pakistan, Accountant General Pakistan Revenues, Controller General of Accounts and Finance Division. The Committee also went through the Annexures related to the fixation of pay & pension of Auditor General of Pakistan furnished by the Controller General of Accounts vide letter No. 276/CGA/vig/3-1/2013/52 & No. 277/CGA/vig/3-1/2013/52 dated April 04, 2014, respectively. The Controller General of Accounts while analyzing the salary and allowances of the Auditor General of Pakistan commented that the following amounts have been irregularly drawn:- 

STATEMENT SHOWING THE AMOUNT MONTHLY OVER DRAWN BY THE
         AUDITOR GENERAL OF PAKISTAN WITH ITS PERIOD                             

Sr. No

Name of Allowance/pay

Duration

Total Withdrawal

1

Monetization Allowance

Rs 115092/pm

01-01-2012 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 3,107,484/-

2

Special Pay

Rs 1464/pm

01-06-2012 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 32,208/-

3

Personal Pay

Rs 7320/pm

27-08-2011 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 228,100/-

  • Complete Breakup of the aforementioned amounts is as under:

MONETIZATION ALLOWANCE

     

Amount In Rs.

Period

Due

Drawn

P.M Difference

Total

1/1/2012

30/06/2012

0

115092

115092

690552

1/7/2012

31/12/2012

0

115092

115092

690552

1/1/2013

30/06/2013

0

115092

115092

690552

1/7/2013

31/12/2013

0

115092

115092

690552

1/1/2014

31/03/2014

0

115092

115092

345276

         

3,107,484

 

 

 

SPECIAL PAY

   

Amount in Rs.

Period

Due

Drawn

P.M Difference

Total

1/6/2012

31/12/2012

20568

22032

1464

10248

1/1/2013

30/06/2013

20568

22032

1464

8784

1/7/2013

31/12/2013

20568

22032

1464

8784

1/1/2014

31/03/2014

20568

22032

1464

4392

         

32,208

PERSONAL PAY

   

Amount in Rs.

Period

Due

Drawn

P.M Difference

Total

27/08/2011

31/12/2011

0

7320

7320

30460

1/1/2012

30/06/2012

0

7320

7320

43920

1/7/2012

31/12/2012

0

7320

7320

43920

1/1/2013

30/06/2013

0

7320

7320

43920

1/7/2013

31/12/2013

0

7320

7320

43920

1/1/2014

31/03/2014

0

7320

7320

21960

         

228,100

24)       In the seventh and the concluding session of the Sub-Committee, the Principal Accounting Officer, Malik Khadim Hussain explained the view of the Auditor General’s office. He stated that complete record relating to the vehicles under the use of Auditor General was provided including the log books. The Committee contradicted his statement, and clarified that only one log book was received.  On the queries raised by the Committee, the PAO admitted that the Log Books have not been maintained properly.

25)       Sub-Committee also showed its displeasure on the defaming campaign, being run in the media that was initiated by the office of the Auditor General, in spite of the fact that the Sub-Committee kept the proceedings of the Committee In-Camera. In this regard the PAO stated that he would not comment on that and the Auditor General himself should comment on the matter.

FINDINGS:

1.         Car Monetization Allowance: AGP office asked the AGPR to include Rs. 115092 (95910 + 20%) in the pay of the Auditor General. The Auditor General Pakistan has so far been paid Rs. 3,1 07,4 84/-(upto 31st March 2014)irregularly.

2.         Personal Pay:Personal pay of Rs 6100/- per month is not admissible vide Law Divisions OM No. F. 1(10)/2014.SJS-I dated 1st April 2014. Amount overdrawn on this account is Rs 228,100/- (Rs 6100 + 20%=7320*31 months 5 days)

3.         Special Pay: Auditor General in total disregard of the Finance Division’s OM No. F.1 (5) R-4/95 dated 31st July 2006 added personal pay (Rs. 6100) to his basic pay for the withdrawal of Special Pay. The amount overdrawn works out to Rs. 32,208/- (Rs. 6100*20% = 1220*20%=1464 *21 Months)

4.         Pension: The AGP insisted to allow him pension at Rs. 25000/month and also to draw arrears of the period that he has served as AGP. The AGPR has confirmed that so far no payment has been made in this regard. 

STATEMENT SHOWING THE AMOUNT MONTHLY OVER DRAWN BY THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF PAKISTAN WITH ITS PERIOD                                                        

Sr. No

Name of Allowance/pay

Duration

Total Withdrawal

1

Monetization Allowance

Rs 115092/pm

01-01-2012 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 3,107,484/-

2

Special Pay

Rs 1464/pm

01-06-2012 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 32,208/-

3

Personal Pay

Rs 7320/pm

27-08-2011 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 228,100/-

5.         The Committee noted that the  office of the Auditor General vide its letter No 108/Admn-II/BG/C/20116072 dated 21-05-2013 asked the AGPR to show salary of the Auditor General without showing details in the pay slip. This is not only a deviation from the standard rules but also violates the principles of transparency.

6.         The Committee clearly signified that no change can be made in the salary of the AGP without amending the Schedule to the AGP Ordinance, 2001. 

7.         The Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division, Mr. Zia-ul-Haq submitted that Rules/Policy for Monetization of Transport Facility for Civil Servants is not applicable to functionaries holding constitutional posts. The Sub-Committee concluded that Monetization is not an allowance and this cannot be included in pay slip of the Auditor General.

8.         Acting Principal Accounting officer agreed that Monetization allowance is not admissible to the State functionaries holding constitutional posts.  On the matter of the revised pay slip and provisional payments to the Auditor General of Pakistan, the Sub-Committee observed that all this was kept hidden for particular financial benefits.

9.         The Sub-Committee examined the Log Book pertaining to Vehicle No.  GK-091 under the use of Auditor General of Pakistan Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division, expressed that the Log Book had not been maintained properly. Moreover, the originality of the Log Book seems doubtful. The Committee also observed that:

a.         The log book has been prepared in a hurry just to carry out the order of the Committee.

b.         As the log book seems to be prepared recently, it has the handwriting of the same person and also it seems that all the entries have been made on one day by the same person which is a clear violation of the rules.

c.         There are missing readings of fuel recharge for the car in the book in some instances.

d.         Also, there are some apparent false entries that have been crossed and new entries made 

10.       The Sub-Committee also observed that use of two vehicles by the Auditor General of Pakistan is against the existing law. The Committee directed to recover the expenditure incurred on any one of the cars whichever is lower.

Details of expenditure incurred up to March 2014 on Repair and POL

relating to vehicles under the use of the Auditor General of Pakistan 

Vehicle No.GV-767

Vehicle No. GK-091 use for AGP’s protocol duties

POL

Repair

POL

Repair

1,286,323

215,266

1,022,767

237,254

 

11.       The Sub-Committee after considering the facts submitted by Ministry of Law & Justice and Human Rights regarding the crediting of monthly basic salary of the Auditor General of Pakistan equally to Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Islamabad, Shaukat Khannum Memorial Trust, Lahore, Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation, Karachi termed this kind of charity as illegal. 

12.       The Sub-Committee directed to recover an amount of Rs. 4,627,813 from the Auditor General of Pakistan and instructed the AGPR to stop further payments under the said heads. The details of the recovery from the relevant heads are as follows:

S.No

Name of Allowance/Pay/Expenditure

Duration

Total Withdrawal/Expenditure

1

Monetization Allowance

01-01-2012 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 3,107,484/-

Rs 115092/pm

2

 

01-06-2012 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 32,208/-

Special Pay

Rs 1464/pm

3

 

27-08-2011 to 31-03-2014

Rs. 228,100/-

Personal Pay

Rs 7320/pm

   

Total

Rs. 3,367,792

 

Vehicle No.GV-767

POL

Repair

Total

1,286,323

215,266

Lower of the two Vehicles      
         

         = Rs. 1,260,021

1,501,589

     

Vehicle No. GK-091 use for AGP’s protocol duties

POL

Repair

Total

1,022,767

237,254

1,260,021

 

Grand Total

Rs. 3,367,792 +  Rs. 1,260,021 =  Rs. 4,627,813

 

13.       The Committee also directed to initiate disciplinary actions against the then AGPR, Mr. Manzar Hafeez Mian and the then CGA, Mr. Farhad Khan who allowed payments to the Auditor General in violation of the rules.

14.       The Sub-Committee concluded that based on the above findings the Auditor General has been acting against the dignity of the post and the Department of the Auditor General. The Auditor General is responsible to safeguard the interest of the government of Pakistan; he stands accountable for ensuring public accountability and fiscal transparency in governmental operations. On the contrary, the Auditor General himself has tarnished his credibility by drawing excessive salary and allowances, causing loss to the National Exchequer and thereby he no longer remains Sadiq and Ameen. He has also blatantly violated the oath of the office that he took. It is therefore requested to file a reference for the disqualification of the Auditor General under article 168 (5) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  

     

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Muhammad Junaid Anwar Ch., MNA                                                Dr Arif Alvi, MNA

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