TI gives clean chit to Pun­jab govt’s lap­top scheme

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Staff Re­porter

Af­ter Metro Bus Project and Ujala pro­gramme, the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan has also de­clared lap­top scheme of Pun­jab government as com­pletely trans­par­ent.

In a let­ter writ­ten to Sec­re­tary Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan has stressed that pro­cure­ment process of one lakh lap­tops by Pun­jab government was done in ac­cor­dance with laid down rules and reg­u­la­tions, while all lap­tops were pur­chased in a trans­par­ent man­ner along with Win­dows 7 soft­ware.

In a let­ter, the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan has pointed out that pro­cure­ment process of lap­tops was ini­ti­ated in July 2012 for which ten­ders were pub­lished in na­tional news­pa­pers on 30th and 31st July.

A spe­cial com­mit­tee was for­mu­lated to re­view of­fers ex­tended by var­i­ous com­pa­nies for sup­ply of lap­tops in or­der to en­sure trans­parency of the pur­chas­ing process. The spe­cial com­mit­tee se­lected four com­pa­nies of in­ter­na­tional re­pute for pro­vi­sion of lap­tops af­ter a de­tailed scru­tiny. Later, out of th­ese suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies, one com­pany of­fered to pro­vide lap­tops, re­lated ad­di­tional ac­ces­sories and equip­ment on low rates, which was ap­proved by the com­mit­tee, af­ter a de­tailed re­view. Five let­ters of credit were opened in Pun­jab Bank for pro­cure­ment of 1 lakh lap­tops, which, ac­cord­ing to Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan, have been re­ceived by the Pun­jab government. It may be men­tioned that Pun­jab government has also made avail­able copies of con­tract of pro­cure­ment of lap­tops, metro bus project and Ujala pro­gramme to Na­tional Accountability Bureau (NAB).

A spokesman of Pun­jab government said that Pun­jab government had it­self re­quested the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan to re­view stan­dard of pro­cure­ment process of Metro Bus Project, Ujala {ro­gramme and Lap­top scheme. He said that, declar­ing of th­ese three projects com­pletely trans­par­ent by the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan, has si­lenced the crit­ics. The spokesman said, af­ter au­then­ti­ca­tion of Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Pak­istan that all devel­op­ment projects of Pun­jab government are 100 per­cent cor­rup­tion-free, the as­ser­tion of Chief Min­is­ter has been vin­di­cated in which he had said, “if cor­rup­tion of even a sin­gle penny is proved in any project of Pun­jab government, I will be ac­count­able to the peo­ple”, which re­flected Chief Min­is­ter’s con­fi­dence and hon­esty. The spokesman said Pak­istan Mus­lim League- N has not wasted even a sin­gle day of its rule, and has served the peo­ple day and night. He said time will prove that Pun­jab government had for­mu­lated devel­op­ment projects keep­ing in view the de­mands of the fu­ture.

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