‘E-procurement system a must to reduce graft’

Staff Correspondent

6 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said the e-procurement system is very important for getting proper products quickly at a fair price, reducing corruption.

“People’s participation in public procurement management will increase and transparency will be ensured if it is possible to implement e-procurement system in all sectors, including the judiciary,” he said

The minister also said the corruption is widespread due to analog system.

Anisul made the remarks while addressing the inaugural ceremony of an online training course on e-procurement organised by Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI).

Thirty-three judicial officers are taking part in the three-week course under a project titled ‘Strengthening Lower Court and Increasing Efficiency of Law and Justice Division’.

Mentioning different reforms brought in public procurement in last 10 years to make this process more transparent and pro-people, he said, “One of the goals of the incumbent government is to ensure transparency and accountability by getting rid of corruption from all the sectors.”

“I hope if we can conduct public procurement process with efficiency and transparency by following existing laws and rules, corruption will go down and good governance will be established,” he said.

Law minister said the judges have to get involved in different types of public procurement process, apart from conducting trial. “So they have to achieve basic ideas about legal infrastructure of public procurement, organisational management of modern public procurement system, different stages of public procurement cycle and process,” he further said.

JATI Director General Justice Khondker Musa Khaled presided over the function while Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar, project director (joint secretary) Bikash Kumar Saha and JATI director (training) Md Golam Kibria also spoke among others.