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Public Accounts Committee

Public Accounts Committee:

The centennial celebrations of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee was recently held.

  • The PAC is formed every year with a strength of not more than 22 members of which 15 are from Lok Sabha and 7 from Rajya Sabha.
  • The term of office of the members is one year.
  • The Chairman is appointed by the Speaker of Lok Sabha. Since 1967, the chairman of the committee is selected from the opposition.
  • Its chief function is to examine the audit report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) after it is laid in the Parliament.

Limitations of the Public Accounts Committee:

  • Broadly, it cannot intervene in the questions of policy.
  • It can keep a tab on the expenses only after they are incurred. It has no power to limit expenses.
  • It cannot intervene in matters of day-to-day administration.
  • Any recommendation that the committee makes is only advisory.
  • They can be ignored by the ministries.
  • It is not vested with the power of disallowance of expenditures by the departments.
  • Being only an executive body; it cannot issue an order. Only the Parliament can take a final decision on its findings.