Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed the project implementing agencies to follow the reports and recommendations made by the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED).
She also asked them to submit a monthly progress report on a regular basis.The premier made the instructions recently as she signed a summary of IMED under the planning ministry, the ministry sources said.
It is a common practice among most ministries or divisions that they don’t pay attention to IMED’s project monitoring reports and follow its recommendation, a planning ministry official said.
The ministries concerned even do not open the monitoring reports which are very important for proper and smooth implementation of any project.
Public sector project watchdog IMED approached the prime minister, seeking her intervention so that the impementing agencies follow its report for better execution of development budget, sources said.
“A summery on the subject was sent to the prime minister and she has approved it. Now ministries and divisions concerned are expected to be sincere in folllowing IMED recommendations,” an IMED high official said.
He added that the premier’s instructions are very important as it will enhance ADP projects’ implementation quality.With the jump in ADP size in recent years, economic analysts have laid emphasis on execution of fast-track projects.
The issue has become more pertinent very recently after scams in some important projects surfaced in the media that also swept across the country.
The premier directed the implementing agencies to consider the IMED’s monitoring reports, project completion evaluation report and its recommendations with utmost importance and quickly inform the watchdog about their steps taken in line with its suggestions, planning ministry sources informed.
She also asked the ministries or divisions to submit monthly physical and financial progress information of all the ADP projects to the software based Project Management Information System (PMIS).
The planning ministry has introduced PMIS to get monthly project progress reports online, but many agencies do not regularly send project information.
After getting the PM’s instructions, IMED has already sent letters to ministries and divisions, requesting them to comply with the instructions, IMED officials said.
In its letter, IMED said IMED inspects and prepare reports on almost all the ongoing and finished ADP projects and sent them to the concerned agencies, but in most case it is not being informed on the steps taken according to recommendations.
It also put special emphasis on putting project progress information on PMIS every month for quick project implementation with maintaining quality.