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Joint Session of the Parliament on Report of the Public Account Committee

Posted on :21 January 2019

Hon. Phuntsho Rapten, Chairperson of the Public Account Committee (PAC) presented the Report of the Public Accounts Committee in the First Joint Session of the Third Parliament of Bhutan for deliberation. With the show of hands majority of the members accepted the two recommendations submitted by the PAC.

After introducing the members of the Committee, the Chairperson of the Committee underlined the detailed report, and informed that the report consist of the Review report of the Annual Audit Report (AAR) 2017; Follow-up Report on the review reports of AAR 2010-2016; and Public Accounts Committee’s observation and recommendations.

Highlighting the annual financial statements, unresolved irregularities by categories and agencies, joint audit of hydropower projects and general recommendations, the Chairperson also pointed out that as reported in the review report of AAR 2017 as of 30 September 2018, the highest unresolved irregularities fall under the Mismanagement category with Nu. 162.771 million (44.5%) followed by Shortfalls, Lapses and Deficiencies with Nu. 125.358 million (32.9%), Violation of Laws & Rules with Nu. 74.726 million (20.4%) and Fraud, Corruption & Embezzlement with Nu. 7.548 million (2.07%).

He also submitted four general recommendations of RAA and two Committee’s recommendations which states to; Endorse all the four recommendations of RAA and urges Ministry of Finance in particular to implement RAA’s recommendations and report to PAC by September; and Minister of Economic Affairs to follow up in collaboration with RAA on the unresolved irregularities of Hydropower Projects for the period AAR 2017 and report to PAC by September 2019.

The deliberation mainly focused on the unresolved irregularities and on the Committees recommendations.

Tomorrow, the House will continue with the deliberation on the Reports.

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