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AGP to audit TBTS programme to check ‘deviations’

ISLAMABAD   –  The Auditor General of Pakistan is all set to start special audit of the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami (TBTS) Program with the objectives to highlight deviations and irregularities in the implementation and execution of the programme.

The special audit will also check financial irregularities, unauthorized payments and calculation errors in the TBTT. 

The Auditor General of Pakistan has accorded approval of consolidated TORs for conducting of Special Audit of the project, says a letter available with The Nation, issued by the AGP office to its regional offices across the country.

The special audit will be conducted for the financial year 2019-20.

The federal government has initiated a four-year (2019-23) ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program with the objectives to revive forest and wildlife resources in Pakistan, to improve the overall conservation of the existing protected areas, encourage eco-tourism, community engagement and job creation through the conservation.

The audit objectives are the environmental impact assessment report, (Kinds of Plants and selection of Planting Site), check the policy objectives of the government procurement, see that proper procurement procedures were adopted.

Duplication of schemes will also be audited to check that the project activities did not overlap the already running afforestation schemes. It will also check that the objectives of PC-I were being achieved without any deviation from the laid down provisions in PC-I. 

The audit will evaluate whether the project targets were achieved and check the existing internal controls mechanism.

The special audit will also check financial irregularities, unauthorized payments and calculation errors in the TBTT. 

The special auditor will also check that the statutory regulations of tax deduction were carried out and necessary post-plantation care was taken for the saplings to survive.

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