ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for transparent, effective and across-the-board accountability without any exception. He assured the Auditor General of Pakistan and the Public Accounts Committee of his full support in this regard. The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with Auditor General of Pakistan, Tanvir Ali Agha, who called on him at the PMs House. The Prime Minister said that the management of public resources must take place within the framework of good governance and the institution of Auditor General of Pakistan has been given mandate by the Constitution to support parliamentary oversight of public sector management. The Prime Minister mentioned that last year he had visited the office of Auditor General along with the Leader of the Opposition, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. On that occasion, the Prime Minister had himself volunteered to get the PMs Secretariat audited first as a signal to all other public sector organisations that there would be no exception to the principal of accountability by the Parliament and its Public Accounts Committee. The Auditor General briefed the Prime Minister on the performance of his department. The audit reports for the financial year 2008-09 had already been submitted to the National Assembly. The very frequent and regular meetings of the PAC had resulted in a recovery of approximately Rs 45 billion of public money over the last three years. In addition, the PAC had directed that action be taken against officials responsible for mismanagement and misuse of public resources. These are historic achievements and these are a tribute to the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly and the Government. The Auditor General further informed the Prime Minister that the working of PAC above party lines has resulted in a uniquely credible and effective PAC. The Prime Minister appreciated the work being done by the department of Auditor General. He observed that one of the basic agendas of his Govt was to ensure accountability and good governance and to strengthen all institutions particularly the department of the Auditor General and the PAC. The PM accepted an invitation to visit the office of the AG, once again, along with the Leader of the Opposition and urged the Chairman PAC to review progress made and what is further needed to be done to enhance the effectiveness of the accountability process. He stated that he would personally review the proposals to strengthen the institution of Auditor General and the process of across-the-board accountability with no exception.