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PTI govt’s first audit report shows irregularities, corruption of Rs270bn; minister says ‘more than 80% improvement made’

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The auditor general has prepared audit report of 2019-20 after conducting an audit of 40 ministries, departments. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: The first audit report of the PTI government's tenure — audit year 2019-20 — has revealed irregularities and corruption to the tune of Rs270 billion in 40 government departments and ministries.

The figure is down from the previously reported figure of Rs15.67 trillion for audit year 2018-19.

Following the release of the report, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said: "This number includes irregularities and procedural lapses as well. However, this number previously stood in the thousands of billions and is now reduced by more than 80%."

"We still have to make progress but this is improvement for sure," he said.

The audit discovered corruption and fake receipts in ministries and departments to the tune of Rs12.56 billion. It also stated that recovery of Rs79.59 billion from federal ministries had been reported and further that a record of Rs17.96 billion was not provided to the auditor general by government departments.

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The report further said that Rs8.89 billion had been discovered in irregularities owing to weak internal controls, and a sum of Rs152.20 billion were attributed to poor financial management.

The auditor general recommended that government institutions not be allowed to undertake expenditures unless approved from the parliament and similarly, to not allow supplementary grants to these institutions without the parliament's approval.

He has also recommended that corruption cases be handed over to investigative agencies.


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