Post Clearance Audit makes remarkable performance despite human resource constraints

KARACHI: The Directorate of Post Clearance Audit (PCA) has made record performance in the year 2015 so far detecting 350 cases and recovering Rs800 million thereof.

It may be mentioned here that Junaid Akram was posted as the Director General of PCA while Gul Rehman was posted Director at the Directorate in January 2015.

The Directorate detected 350 cases in 2015 so far as against 100 cases detected in 2013-14 and only 15 cases detected in 2012-13. In these four months a recovery of Rs800 million was affected as against recovery of Rs40 million in 2013-14 and Rs8.0 million in 2012-13.

Moreover, the Directorate made WeBOC Module accessible to PCA officers while continuous efforts for full operationalization of WeBOC module are under way. Since module is not fully operational, manual audits are being conducted.

The configuration issue in the ID of Director, PCA Karachi has been resolved. Now the Director, Karachi can select the GDs for audit through selectivity criteria. The GD details information of the Collectorates at Karachi after gate out has been made accessible to the ADs f DDs.

The Directorate of Post Clearance Audit, Karachi is currently facing acute shortage of experienced and dedicated supervisory and operational staff. Only three Assistant / Deputy Directors are working in this Directorate as against the sanctioned strength of seven.

Similarly there is only one Principal Appraiser (PA) against sanctioned strength of three whereas two Appraising Officers against sanctioned strength of ten are working in this Directorate. Further, out of two Inland Revenue Audit Officers (IRAO) working in this Directorate against the sanctioned strength of four, one has been assigned the task of DDO. Further, against the sanctioned strength of eleven Auditors, no Auditor has been posted to this Directorate.

The Directorate of Post Clearance Audit needs to be properly equipped in term of human resources as 80 percent of import clearances are being affected from Karachi.

Sources said that at least five Assistant / Deputy Directors, two Inland Revenue Audit Officers (IRAQ), two Principal Appraisers, seven Appraising Officers and at least five Audit Officers should be posted to this Directorate on priority enabling to cope with the pending and upcoming new audit assignments.

“This would certainly make the Directorate and efficient and effective organization and will function to its fullest potential. The senior auditors, principal appraisers, appraising officers have spent more than three years in the Directorate, have lost interest and needs to be replaced. Besides, cash rewards, meritorious rewards need to be introduced to motivate the officers and staff,” sources said.

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