Public Accounts Committee conducts public hearing with MoE
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly, in its second public hearing conducted with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on 24 August.
It is one of the resolutions requires the agencies to resolve unresolved audit irregularities pending between 2009 and 2014 to Royal Audit Authority latest by 30 March 2016.
The PAC questioned the Ministry on the unresolved audit irregularities on the case of deficiencies in accounts of Education Development Project (EDP) funded by World Bank.
The Project was constructed by Druck Sherig construction. An officials from ministry said, since the project owner had passed away, there was no respond to the letter being sent by ministry to his sons. However, the case had been passed to the Office of Attorney General (OAG) to be resolved.
One of the audit findings was that the International Assisted (IA) Project implemented by the Ministry.
The Annual Audit Report 2013 states the EDP had cases of deficiencies in accounts such as temporary advances released from the IA Project Account which were directly paid to parties without booking in the books of accounts of the EDP.
An official from the ministry responded the ministry has issued a warning letter against Mr. Tashi Tshering in 2015, stating that he should be able to console accounts on time. However, the ministry failed to report to RAA due to transfer out of the charges.
MP Tashi Dorji, a vice chairperson of PAC questioned on outstanding advances lying against the IA Project amounting Nu.4.732 million with the accumulated increased in interest of Nu. 8million.
An official from RAA responded if the amount is not deposited within three months, the system will start automatically calculating the interest with 24 percent of penalties after three months.
However, the Ministry responded it was mainly due to transfer of accounts officials and not being able to update in the system and there are no misuse of funds in both the cases.
The Ministry also submitted the updates and status on the unresolved issues including those with OAG.
Meanwhile, the Committee recommended the Ministry to resolve all those issues at the earliest and ensure that such lapses do not occur in future.
The Committee also reviewed on the EDP had not recovered liquidated damages amounting to Nu. 8.841million for delay in the completion of construction works and recovery on account of excess materials supplied.
The public hearing with MoE was conducted in ac-