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It pays to be a politician in Pak!

The Govt has allocated 'secret funds' to ministers to the tune of Rs 40 mn in the present budget.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 14:39 IST

The Pakistan government has allocated federal cabinet ministers 'secret funds' to the tune of Rs 40 million in the 2006-07 budget.

The purpose of assigning the funds to the ministers has not been specified, and the ministers are allowed to "distribute" the funds as they deem fit.

The only restriction to be imposed on the ministers would be that they would have to maintain a personal record of the spending.

Each federal minister and five advisors to the prime minister will get six lakh rupees, while ministers of state will get four lakh rupees each, the Daily Times reported quoting official documents of the federal finance ministry.

According to the paper, this fund would not be auditable by the auditor general of Pakistan, even though under the constitution, the AGP is authorised to audit the accounts of every department or individual funded by taxpayers.

First Published: Jun 14, 2006 14:24 IST