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September 14, 2017

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PAC terms planning ministry’s briefing on projects misleading

PAC terms planning ministry’s  briefing on projects misleading

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts  Committee (PAC) on  Wednesday expressed its annoyance  at the briefing of the  Ministry of Planning and Development  on the ongoing development  projects and termed it  misleading which negates the  facts and figures.  PAC held its meeting with  the chair of its Chairman Syed  Khursheed Shah here in which  the Ministry of Planning and  Development gave the briefing  to the committee on the ongoing  development projects.  Expressing its dismay over  the Planning Commission’s  briefing, PAC observed that the  joke was being made with the  committee while presenting  facts and statistics as the road  project of new Islamabad Airport  which has beenmentioned  in the documents at the cost of  over Rs02 billion, but the officials  of theMinistry of Planning  and Development were telling  the cost at Rs1.81 billion. “Why  the wrong figures were mentioned  in the documents,” the  committee questioned and observed  that it showed the ministry’s  attitude towards Parliament’s  accountability forum.  PAC also questioned how  they got the passage of the  wrong figures from Parliament.  “Even the information sought  from the Ministry of Planning  and Development sought was  not brought into the committee  meeting,” the committee observed.  It was revealed in the PAC  meeting that the Green Line  Transport System, which was  initiated for Karachi and approved  in the year 2014, was  being progressed on slow pace  and only 60 percent was completed  yet.  PAC Chairman Syed Khursheed  did not agree to the  claim of the Ministry of Planning  and Development about  the completion of 60 percent of  the project, saying only 35 percent  of it is completed so far  and due to delay in execution,  the cost of the project was  being increased manifold.  PAC has summoned the top  officials of the Finance Ministry,  Communication Ministry  and Ministry of Planning and  Development on October 4.  While briefing the committee,  the officials of the Ministry  of Planning and Development  told the committee that total  1,022 development projects  were conceived and there were  582 ongoing development projects  for which Rs536 billion has  been released.  The officials of the Ministry  of Planning told the committee  that the total costs of the projects  was Rs1,318 billion and  there were 1,018 development  projects of the ministries for  which Rs866 billion was allocated.  The PAC chairman questioned  the criteria of timeframe  of completion of development  projects as in Pakistan it takes  five to six years that increases  the cost of the project in comparison  to in the world.  The officials told the committee  that the timeframe of  three years to five years was  fixed for the completion of the  project.     To a query of PAC, the officials  told the committee that the  total cost of ongoing development  projects was Rs4, 500 billion.  The PAC chairman then observed  that the ongoing development  projects were not completed,  and new projects were  started which add to the total  cost of ongoing development  projects and new development  project then its cost comes up  about Rs6,000 billion.  The officials told the committee  that over Rs6.84 billion  has been allocated for the  Green Bus project.  PAC expressed its dismay  on the Ministry of Planning and  Development and remarked  that only 35 percent has been  spent on the project in the last  four years, and it should also  be asked from the Sindh government  why they were not  completing the projects.  Ministry of Planning and  Development secretary said  that the the Planning Commission  only released the funds for  the projects, and it was not our  responsibility for the expenditure  on the projects but was of  the ministries.    

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