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SAPM Dr Sania Nishtar rejects graft in Ehsaas money

SAPM Dr Sania Nishtar
Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Senator Dr Sania Nishtar has rejected the allegations of irregularities within the Ehsaas Emergency Money Programme.

“It’s unlucky that the Auditor Normal of Pakistan (AGP) has challenged the authority of the very best discussion board just like the federal cupboard,” she mentioned in an interplay with the media on Monday relating to particular audit report pertaining to the Ehsaas Emergency Money Programme ready by the AGP.

The SAPM mentioned the objections raised by the AGP workplace had been adequately answered and the audit authorities had taken a stand that they had been happy with the replies submitted in that regard.

She lamented that the AGP has included audit paragraphs within the audit report; however, the observations made had been technical and advisory in nature.

“The objections raised don’t level to any misappropriation, corruption or irregularities within the social safety programme” she maintained.

She mentioned that the audit objections would now be addressed within the Division Accounts Committee (DAC) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC). “After the post-audit of the programme, the social safety scheme will probably be given clearance,” she mentioned, dismissing the concept that the audit report was stored confidential till the IMF pressured the federal government to convey it to the fore.

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The SAPM mentioned that the report comprises ten audit observations concerning the Ehsaas programme and it has already been tabled in parliament. She mentioned that the Ehsaas Emergency Money Programme was accomplished underneath very uncommon circumstances within the occasions of the Covid pandemic.

The programme was launched inside 10 days of its first contemplation. Explaining the ten observations of the audit report, Dr Sania Nishtar mentioned that in one of many audit remark it was maintained that out of the 17 million registered beneficiaries, 1.32 million individuals didn’t come to gather money. The audit groups had been instructed that many individuals registered themselves dozens of occasions as a consequence of which they had been screened and never paid and their refunds had been despatched to the banks and particulars as such had been reported to the audit authorities.

One other objection referred to authorities workers and pensioners within the programme. The audit advisable information updates of the BISP, Nadra, PIA, PTCL, EOBI, CGA, MAG and different departments. Dr Nishtar additional mentioned that so far as the advantage of Ehsaas Emergency Money for tax filers and Zakat recipients was involved, the choice was taken by the federal cupboard.

Relating to the seventh and eighth objections of the audit, Nishtar mentioned that it was the choice of the BISP board relating to the poverty rating. Sania mentioned the BISP’s poverty rating within the survey was 16.17 however the Emergency Money was raised to 37 as a result of it had to offer help to extra individuals who had been instantly affected by the corona virus economically.

She mentioned that cyberattacks on our system had been frequent and instances had been handed over to the FIA on this regard. “Additionally, 11 instances of Ehsaas Emergency Money have been handed over to FIA.”