Islamabad: The Auditor General of Pakistan federal ministries and divisions for 2009-10 has uncovered financial irregularities and instances of misuse of public money worth millions of rupees, according to a media report released on Tuesday.

The report of federal government accounts for 2009-2010 reflects major financial discrepancies in purchases made by the Frontier Corps and Balochistan Constabulary, release of subsidies to oil companies by the Petroleum Ministry and also in the use of expensive bulletproof cars imported by the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

According to the report, the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province withdrew Rs 13.7 million for purchasing arms and ammunition in June 2008 but no purchase was made and the money was kept in a private bank account, a daily said.

In January 2010, the Departmental Accounts Committee ordered an inquiry and said the money should be deposited in the government treasury.

However, no progress was made in these matters by the time the audit report was finalised on February 25, 2010.

Auditors found a deduction of Rs 59.28 million from the monthly salaries of Frontier Corps soldiers in 2006-07 without authorisation from the government.

The money was kept in an unknown account. Another Rs 53.942 million was deducted in a similar manner in 2008-09 and the record of the deposit and disbursement was not shown to auditors.

"The (Frontier Corps) management stated that the Public Accounts Committee examined the issue on June 15, 2009, and the chairman supported the deduction. However, the audit did not find any documentary evidence to that effect," the audit report said.

The Auditor General uncovered the irregularities in payment of subsidies to oil and marketing companies. Some Rs 29.798 million was released to several companies, including Pakistan State Oil, in 2008-09 on a provisional basis.

The audit report said provisional payments without periodic reconciliations resulted in accumulation of government liabilities or overpayment against such liabilities. Officials said the payments were made on the recommendation of the Petroleum Ministry.

(Agencies)