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Lok Sabha Speaker’s invite to Controversial Senate Chairman of Pakistan

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Public Accounts Committee (PAC): Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has invited Pakistan Senate Chair Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to India in December, for a function to mark the centennial of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Key Facts:

  • However, the invite has not been confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs yet.
  • The 100th anniversary of PAC celebrations is to be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind, scheduled to be held in New Delhi on December 4 and 5, 2021.
  • The closing session of the celebrations would be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 5, 2021.

About PAC:

  • The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is the oldest parliamentary panel in India.
  • It was first constituted in 1921.
  • The Committee consists of 22 Members, 15 Members are elected by Lok Sabha and 7 Members of the Rajya Sabha are associated with it.
  • The Speaker is empowered to appoint the Chairman of the Committee from amongst its Members.
  • PAC has been crucial in upholding the principle of accountability as it exercises oversight of public expenditure.
  • It is responsible for the following:
  • For examining the accounts showing the appropriation of sums granted by Parliament for expenditure of Government of India.
  • For the annual Finance Accounts of Government of India (GoI).
  • For such other accounts laid before Parliament as the Committee may deem fit such as accounts of autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies (except those of Public Undertakings and Government Companies which come under the purview of the Committee on Public Undertakings).
  • The current PAC is headed by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury since July, 2019.

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