16 Dec 2021 Public accounts committee
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- Recently the centenary celebrations of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) were organized.
Public Accounts Committee (PAC)- Today Current Affairs
- The Public Accounts Committee is a committee to audit the expenditure of the Government of India, it was formed for the first time in 1921 under the Government of India Act, 1919.
- The Public Accounts Committee is constituted every year. The maximum number of members in this is 22, out of which 15 members are elected from Lok Sabha and 7 members are elected from Rajya Sabha.
- The term of the members is one year.
- The chairman of the committee is appointed by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Since 1967, the chairman of the committee is selected from amongst the members of the opposition.
- Its main function is to examine the audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) after it is placed in the Parliament.
Limitations of Public Accounts Committee: The Hindu Analysis
- Broadly speaking, it cannot interfere with policy questions.
- It can monitor expenditure only after it is incurred. It has no power to limit expenditure.
- It cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of administration.
- The recommendations made by the committee are only advisory. These recommendations may also be neglected by the ministries.
- For this, the departments do not have the power to stop expenditure.
- It is only an executive body and has no power to issue any orders. Only the Parliament can take the final decision on its findings.