Govt asks FBR to conduct special audit of Rs400m distributed as ‘reward’

ISLAMABAD: Finance Ministry has directed Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to conduct special audit of Rs400 million which has been distributed among FBR officials in the term of “reward” by previous government. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will conduct audit of the department’s income and expenditure for fiscal year 2018-19. However, after issuing written directives from finance ministry, FBR will start special audit of “reward” money of Rs400 million which was distributed by the previous government among the FBR’s employees in the name of taking part in budget 2018-19 preparations. The FBR will reconcile reward money with AGPR record and will trace the responsible who are involved in the corruption in the name of reward. While FBR will recover the money from those officials who took reward money more than the authorized three months basic salary. Meanwhile, FBR is also considering special audit of those departments and divisions who were rewarded in the name of budget preparations. Sources further told that earlier officials from different departments and divisions have received reward money more than 3 basic salaries which was given on the basis of nepotism. It is important to mention here that it is observed that some of the officials who are even not involved in the budget preparations were also received reward money on the basis of nepotism while Rs400 million was distributed among FBR’s officials while more importantly some of the officials received this reward money in cash and without any signature.