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PR No.202 Department of Auditor General of Pakistan has submitted reports of Auditor General of Pakistan relating to the accounts of the federation for the audit year 2016-17 to the President of Pakistan and all Provincial Governors, Spokesperson AGP Office Islamabad: March 22, 2017

A spokesperson of Auditor General of Pakistan Office in a press statement issued on Wednesday March 22, 2017 said that the Department of Auditor General of Pakistan has submitted reports of Auditor General of Pakistan relating to the accounts of the federation for the audit year 2016-17 to the President of Pakistan and all Provincial Governors in a timely manner.

Reports were submitted in accordance with Article 171 (Annex-I) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan which lays down that that the reports of the Auditor General relating to the accounts of Federation shall be submitted to the President of Pakistan who shall cause them to be laid before both the houses of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament).

The reports submitted included 37 Audit Reports pertaining to annual mandatory audit, special audit, performance audit, financial statements of the federal government for the financial year 2015-16 and appropriation accounts of the federal government for the financial year 2015-16, spokesperson added.

Spokesperson further said that the audit reports have been prepared on a test check basis according to international standards, using modern audit techniques and methodologies. Efforts were made to discuss audit findings with the concerned Principal Accounting Officers to incorporate their views, spokesperson added.

The reports mainly focus on compliance with relevant laws, regulations and procedures, economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditure, overpayments and short recoveries, systemic and internal control issues and accuracy of various financial statements and have been completed within eight months after the close of financial year, spokesperson said.

The Department of Auditor General of Pakistan is privileged to support parliamentary oversight of public sector operations aimed at promoting transparency, accountability and good financial governance through the Public Accounts Committee. A similar function is performed by DAGP in the provinces, districts, tehsils and union councils, spokesperson added.

Spokesperson further said that DAGP is undergoing a reform process and a number of initiatives are taken by AGP to improve operational efficiency of DAGP. One of these reforms is installation of Video Conferencing System in the office of Auditor General of Pakistan, Pakistan Audit Accounts Academy, Lahore and its regional offices in Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.  An additional link has been established in the office of Director General (Performance Audit Wing), Lahore. The purpose of video conferencing facility is not only to conduct official meetings through the use of modern facility but also to ensure operational efficiency and economy of resources, spokesperson added. The system will not only save time and travel costs but will also provide an opportunity for oversight of audit work carried out by different Directorate Generals at Federal and Provincial levels. Besides this the system also has the capacity to link with international forums too and will thus enable DAGP to interact with various International Organizations of which DAGP is a member in a timely manner but will also contribute to the modernization of audit process with the contribution from International Organizations, spokesperson added.

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