Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee con­ducts pub­lic hear­ing with MoE

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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-

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