Govt to buy 85,000 laptops for 5,000 edn instts

Staff Correspondent

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Some 85,000 and necessary equipment will be procured spending over Tk 4.87 billion to set up Sheikh Russell digital labs in some 5,000 educational institutions across the country.

A proposal with regard to this was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) held on Wednesday with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Besides laptops, 5,000 web cameras, 5,000 routers and 5,000 network switches would be procured by the Department of ICT, informed Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Dr Shahida Akhter.

In a virtual briefing after the meeting, Kamal said the CCGP meeting approved two separate proposals from the ICT Division and the Ministry of Housing and Public Works.

In reply to a query, Kamal said the purchase proposal of laptops and other equipments is divided in various segments and it would be possible to reveal the details of the contractors once the summarized version is available.

These laptops and other equipment will be procured under the project for establishing Sheikh Russell Digital Labs (2nd phase).

Replying to a question, Shahida said this procurement would be done following the concerned rules and regulations of the government.

She said the meeting approved another proposal for awarding the package No W-2 and W-5 to Padma Associates and Engineers Ltd for constructing a multi-storey building on the Officers Club, Dhaka campus at a cost of around Tk 1.64 billion.

Before CCGP meeting, a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs was also held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

The meeting approved a proposal in principle for buying radar system and other equipment for Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with own fund of the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority instead of the fund from the government of Bangladesh.