Remove complexities in govt procurement system

Suggest roundtable discussants

Staff Correspondent

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Engineers and experts at a roundtable in the capital on Saturday urged the government to remove the complexities in government procurement system by upgrading law, regulations and practices through appointment of expert panel.

They pointed out that there exists some legal and technical complexities in  government procurement system that contributes to scam like that of pillow scam at Roopur Nuclear Plant and elsewhere.

The roundtable titled ‘Current Government Procurement Scenario: Bangladesh Perspectives’ was held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) at Ramna.

 Besides complexities in laws, regulations of procurement system, discrepancies also prevail in rate schedule, preparing DPP, estimate of the budget and duration, tendering system, quality of goods and services, the discussants stated.

They observed that after a development project is passed, there remains huge difference between estimated budget and real budget needed for implementation of the projects.  “The reason behind it is that the project director lacks ground experience on project management.” Besides, quality scoring system is followed in our procurement system.

Because of complex price adjustment system in rate schedule major of project duration is fixed 1.5 years which are actually supposed to take more time. As a result, the projects cannot be implemented within the time frame and new complexities arise, they maintained.

They suggested for keeping quality scoring system in procurement and launching the most economically advantageous tender. 

Speaking on the occasion, the president of IEB, Absus Sabur, said, “Engineers are not only responsible for the pillow scam at Roopur Nuclear Power Plant, but the ministry concerned who has the authority to oversee the activities cannot avoid its responsibility. “Why the central procurement technical unit didn’t clarify the issue in front of public regarding the complexities?” he posed a question.

“If complexities regarding government procurement are not solved, incidents like  pillow and curtain scams will surface again and again,” he feared, adding that engineers will have to work so that this type of incidents do not happen in future.

CIPS Bangladesh chairman Md Nurul Huda, executive engineer of procurement unit of LGED, Abdus Sattar, LGED project director Md Jashim Uddin, chairman of civil engineering department of IEB Md Habibur Rahman, secretary of civil engineering department of IEB, Tajul Islam Tuhin, and others spoke on the occasion.