PESHAWAR - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Accounts Committee has expressed dissatisfaction over the reports of corruption and poor performance of livestock and extension department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and directed the department to further improve its performance and concentrate on research and extension departments so as to enhance the livestock.

The committee expressed this observation in its meeting held here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Karamatullah Khan. The meeting was also attended by its other members Saqibullah Khan Chamkani, Fazal Shakoor, Malik Tehmash Khan and Muhammad Zameen Khan beside Secretaries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and Agriculture Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The committee took the audit reports of livestock research and development Peshawar and its sub-ordinate offices. The Committee took serious notice of the reports about the embezzlement of 400 feed bags at research centre D.I. Khan. After threadbare discussions and deliberations the committee referred the matter to anticorruption. The committee was informed that Rs. 2.46 million have been misplaced in this case.

The Committee while terming this matter as serious, directed the anti-corruption department to finalize its probe within one week and report to this effect should be presented to PAC. The committee also directed the concerned department to forthwith hand over all the relevant record to the anticorruption department. The committee also expressed concern over the reports of 19,50,000 corruption in the same department at D.I. Khan. The committee decided to take a stern action against the responsible officers and officials.

The PAC also ordered that Rs 6,61,000 be recovered from the Vice Chancellor Agriculture University Peshawar, who reportedly drew house rent from treasury despite having official residence.

The committee termed the matter a violation of general financial and HEC rules.

The PAC directed DG Audit Sikandar Khan to make a fresh audit of the case. The Committee also showed its anger over the non-deposit of Rs 2 lakh in government treasury by the office of Dairy Development Station Paharpur Dera Ismail Khan. The committee also ordered a fresh probe to the matter.

The Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Karamatullah Khan while speaking on different occasions, said that Public Accounts Committee being high powered government body was endeavoring hard to make accountability of government departments on various reported cases of financial irregularities and corruption.

He said the PAC also help the government departments in removing hurdles.

 He was of the view that for good governance and providing maximum relief to the people the accountability process should continue.