Orientation of Public Accounts Committee of Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, August 28-29, 2019

  • Publication Date: Fri, September 6, 2019

    Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) organized a two-day orientation on the working of Public Accounts Committee of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the honorable committee Members and staff of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD). The event was designed to optimize the performance of Public Accounts Committee for effective oversight function & the role Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly can play to ensure it.

    The program commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran followed by welcome remarks by Ms. Samer Awais, Director General PDP & IT (PIPS). Highlighting the purpose of the event, she mentioned the history and importance of Public Accounts Committees in the Parliamentary system of democracy as an important oversight tool.

    The first session of the day was facilitated by Honorable MNA Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali Khan, Member PAC in the National Assembly of Pakistan, who shed light on Scrutinizing Audi Paras, PAC Recommendations, Ensuring Compliance and Follow Up with AGP.  In her session the honourable Member explained the intricacy of relationship between the Auditor General, the department and the Secretariat that forms PAC. She briefed the members on how weak internal control and weak financial control can be avoided.

    Ms. Najma Siddique, former Joint Secretary of the National Assembly of Pakistan facilitated the second session in which she imparted knowledge amongst the participants about the Minutes of PAC meetings. She emphasized on the importance of minutes as public documents, and spoke about the techniques of writing good minutes and  also emphasized on proper structuring of minutes of PAC meetings.

    Mr. Amjad Ali, Additional Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly, gave a detailed presentation on Rules of Procedure of PAC in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. He explained the authorization of PAC rules, and its chronology. He briefed the audience that PAC is based on Westminster model and explained the role of oversight of the legislature as the core function of PAC. Elaborating the role of PAC he informed that while previously PAC only had ex-post responsibility, it now has the power to scrutinize and audit on-going projects that can be referred to PAC by the honourable Speaker or Chairman of the Committee.

    Mr. Inam Ullah Khan, Additional Secretary PAC of Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, imparted a detailed presentation on the interaction between PAC and AGP. Giving a background of the PAC, Mr. Inam gave a brief on the founding and history of Public Accounts Committee in the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He further elaborated the making of Draft Paras and the evolutionary process of the paras over time, from the first stage to final stage. In an interactive session, he also presented an overview of Audit Products and follow-up with the AGP.

    Last session of the day was facilitated jointly by Mr. Amjad Ali, and Mr. Faisal Hayat, as they briefed the audience on Process Mapping for PAC and enlightened the participants about the budget cycle and role of the legislature in this process. They also explained the inter-connectivity of PACs and Budget