LAHORE - Majority of the provincial departments are not acting in complete compliance with the directives of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) regarding financial irregularities found in the official accounts.

The findings of the audit report for the year 2014-15 show that departments tend to ignore the PAC directives mainly because it lacks the powers to enforce compliance. This is happening despite repeated objections raised by the office of auditor general in its audit reports for different financial years.

The latest audit report into the accounts of Punjab government has listed Board of Revenue (BoR) at the bottom with compliance rate of 24 per cent. From 1987 -88 to 2011-12, the BoR showed compliance on 134 audit paras out of total 553. The department showed zero compliance on its audit paras for the years, 1991-92 and 2011-12.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) comes at number two position with compliance rate of 26 per cent. LHC implemented seven directives on 27 audit paras from 1985-86 to 2011-12. It showed zero compliance on audit paras in six financial years according to the report.

Environment Protection Department has the compliance rate of 30 per cent as it adhered to 14 PAC directives out of total 47 from 1999-2000 to 2010-11. The compliance with PAC directives in Labour and Human Resource Department remained 33 per cent as it did not respond to the directives on different audit paras pertaining to six financial years.

Cooperatives department has shown the compliance rate of 35 per cent closely followed by P&D with 38 per cent. In this regard, Information and Culture Department’s score was recorded as 42 per cent. The auditor general in its report has ranked its compliance rate as very poor for years 1999-2002 and 2010 to 2012. Home Department showed a compliance rate of 47 per cent with downward trend in the past 10 years. For three financial years, 1995-96, 2010-11 and 2011-12, this department did not respond to PAC directives on 412 audit objections.

The compliance rate in respect of six departments remained between 24 and 38 per cent, while it was between 42 to 50 per cent in case of four departments.

Agriculture department is the only department which showed comparatively better record with 63 per cent compliance rate. The rest of the departments showed compliance rate between 50 and 60 per cent.