Direct purchase rules the roost   

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:39, Feb 14,2020 | Updated: 19:23, Feb 15,2020


The cabinet committee on economic affairs at a meeting on Thursday approved a proposal for purchasing 50 jeeps at a cost of Tk 47 crore without any tender, known as direct purchase, for saving times.

Besides, two other proposals — procurement of 4 lakh polycarbonate smart cards by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority and installation of LED bulbs by the Dhaka North City Corporation— were also approved under direct purchase method.

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal who presided over the meeting told reporters that the jeeps would be given to upazila nirbahi officers known as UNO for official uses.

He said that the jeeps now being used by the UNOs were given to them in 2006 and those became worn out.

He said that the jeeps would be supplied by the state-owned car-body assembler Pragati Industries Limited.

The committee also entertained purchasing 4 lakh polycarbonate smart cards at Tk 18 crore without any tender for emergency supply of motor driving licence.

A similar proposal for awarding contract for the 4 lakh cards to Tiger IT Bangladesh was rejected by the committee at a meeting on January 1.

In its proposal, BRTA said that they had hired Tiger IT Bangladesh for supplying 15 lakh cards in five years, 3 lakh in each year, since 2016. But supplying of cards as per the deal was almost competed in four years because of sudden rise in demand for licences, said BRTA operations director Sitangshu Shekhar Biswas.

He said that they had invited a tender for getting supply of 40 lakh cards, but it would take substantial time to appoint a new contractor after completing the tender procedure.

Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh Army will supply the LED bulbs as the Dhaka North City Corporation would implement a project worth Tk 369.14 crore.

He said proposals for establishment of a transmission line for power plants being constructed at Maheshkhali, Matarbari and Bashkhali, and construction of a hospital in Chattogram under the public private partnership were also given approval.

Mustufa Kamal also presided over a meeting of the cabinet committee on national purchases and approved seven proposals including procurement of 80,000 tonne fertiliser from Russia with an overall cost of Tk 806.74 crore.

The fertiliser purchase deal would be completed through government-to-government negotiation and would alone cost Tk 390.76 crore.

Taher Brothers Limited, Rana Builders Private Limited and Mazhar Enterprise Pvt Limited were jointly awarded the development works of a district highway at Tk 115.59 crore by the committee.

Besides, the committee approved appointment of consultants for projects under Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, LGED and Dhaka WASA.

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