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Cabinet body okays procurement of 10.75m textbooks

Cabinet body okays procurement of 10.75m textbooks
  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) on Thursday awarded the work of printing, binding and supplying 10,752,840 textbooks to 11 bidders at a cost of over Tk 250 million.

It approved a total of eight procurement proposals in a meeting held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Briefing reporters remotely after the meeting, Kamal said the cabinet committee approved a procurement proposal of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) under the Secondary and Higher Secondary Division for textbooks.

A total of 11 bidders will print, bind and supply 10,752,840 textbooks for Ebtedayee (Classes I and II), Secondary (Bangla and English versions), Dakhil (Classes VI and VIII) and Technical (Trade) education, he said.

The minister informed that the meeting also approved a proposal of the Roads and Highways Department under the Road Transport and Highways Division for establishment and maintenance of Road Research and Training Centre under Package No WP-14 of the ‘SASEC Road Connection Project’ Elenga-Hatikumrul-Rangpur Highway Up-gradation to Four Lane at a cost of around Tk 2.52 billion.

He said the meeting gave approval to a proposal of the Public Works Department under the Housing and Public Works Ministry for constructing a 15-storey residential building in Cumilla Police Lines area through joint venture- TBEAL, STI and TEC- at a cost of around Tk 659.8 million. Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) under the Power Division would procure the construction work from M/S China Energy Engineering Group Anhui No.1 Electric Power Construction Co Ltd under the ‘Power Transmission Management Development Project, Cumilla Zone’ Package No GD-1: Lot-2 with a cost of around Tk 1.25 billion, Kamal added.

He said the meeting also approved a proposal of Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board under the Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry to procure 40,000 solar home systems of 100 watt capacity and 2,500 solar community systems of 320 watt capacity from Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory at a cost of around Tk 2.04 billion.

The meeting okayed a proposal of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) under the Ministry of Industries to procure 30,000 metric tonnes (10pc+) bulk prilled urea from the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) with a cost of Tk 1.20 billion, the finance minister added. He said the meeting gave approval to another proposal of the BCIC to procure 30,000 metric tonnes of bagged granular urea from Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (KAFCO), Bangladesh for Tk 1.11 billion.

Kamal informed that the meeting gave go-ahead to another proposal of BCIC to import 30,000 metric tonnes of phosphoric acid for DAP Fertilizer Company Limited from M/S Jentread FZE, UAE (Local Agent: M/S Desh Trading Corporation, Dhaka) and M/S Sun International FZE, Dubai, UAE (Local Agent: Agro Industrial Input, Dhaka) at a cost of around Tk 1.93 billion.

Earlier in a meeting on Thursday, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved in principle a proposal to appoint the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC) as service provider for collecting toll, operating the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) and expressway operation and maintenance of the Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga expressway.