By Jawwad Rizvi
Government of Pakistan has admitted to bypassing the Accountant General Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) for the payment of PKR 480 billion of the independent power producers (IPPs) in 2013 after incumbent government came into power.
The controversy was started in the country after the PML-N-led government came into power regarding the clearance of pending dues of the IPPs. The government had made it clear that the dues were paid to the IPPs to reduce the power outages as the IPPs were not fully functional due to resources’ crunch.
Secretary Ministry of Water and Power Mohammad Younus Dagha explaining to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance stated that out of 480 billion rupees, the government had paid PKR 342 billion in cash and PKR 138 billion were adjusted.
The government officials informed the Senate’s panel that government had bypassed the AGPR in clearing the dues of the IPPs and made the payments through State Bank of Pakistan.
He said that the government had cleared the dues through supplementary grants. However, Committee Chairman Senator Saleem Mandviwalla did not agree with the argument of the official by saying, “Government cleared the IPPs dues before supplementary grants”.
Officials of the Auditor General of Pakistan informed the committee that they had sent the audit report of payment to IPPs to the President of Pakistan in December. The report would be presented in the parliament after President’s approval.