Scandal hits IT & Telecom Ministry

A scandal surfaced in the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication concerning the tender of billions of rupees issued to the Chinese company, sources told SAMAA on Tuesday.

The I.T and Telecom Ministry has given the tender of billions of rupees to the Chinese company without considering proper rules and regulations. The ministry has started its work on the project of National Security Communication and Social Administration Information System, sources add.

According to the document acquired by SAMAA, the project is estimated to cost Rs 13 billion and it has been initiated with the collaboration of the National Telecommunication Commission and a Chinese company named Z.T.E. The project is focused on connecting the police stations, intelligence agencies and various government departments with each other, sources add.

Many Chinese companies were interested in the project; however, the project was not advertised and the National Telecommunication Commission and the Ministry of I.T and Telecommunication gave this project to its own favorite without following proper rules and regulations. The Ministry of I.T and Telecom has received the approval of the project from the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the summary of the project has now been sent to the Central Development Working Party for approval. The PC 1 of the project is in process and soon it will be approved, sources add.

Via SAMAA

Our Point: Pakistan is covered by fiber optic network laid by PTCL. We also have fibre optic network of Wateen. We also have GSM operators. We also have Wireless broadband operators. Then why is Ministry opting for yet another project to give connectivity to government offices. We have bundle of resources in our own yard. We just need to Use them efficiently.