Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Maharashtra have decided to withdrawn their resignation only if the state officials mend their ways and take concrete action on the 183 reports submitted by the PAC, which are still pending for action with the state government.
On Tuesday, chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad assured the PAC all cooperation and honourable treatment from his bureaucrat colleagues.
The PAC members had tendered their resignations to state Assembly speaker Dilip Walse-Patil, protesting against the apathy of the state government on June 2.
PAC member and National Congress Party legislator Nawab Malik told the Hindustan Times that the committee has asked for action from the government. “We will withdraw our resignations when we receive the action plan. There are accounts reports that are pending for the past eight years. Auditors pass all kinds of remarks and the media publishes them. The bureaucrats, on the other hand, don’t bother to rectify the mistakes. The inordinate delay causes unnecessary bad publicity for the government,” Malik said.
Another PAC member said that the bureaucrats did not appear before the committee nor did they reply to reminders regarding irregularities in the government's finances.
The PAC reviews the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), submits its recommendations in the legislature and asks for clarifications from the government.