Transparency International Pakistan Gives Clean Chit to Punjab Laptop Scheme

punjab-laptop-scheme1The Transparency International-Pakistan (TIP)  gave a clean chit to the Punjab government in the procurement of 110,000 laptops being distributed among talented students.

In a letter dated April 18 the TIP said that based on the elaborate clarification given by the Planning & Development (P&D) Board/ex-officio project manager, IT Labs Project, Punjab, the procedure as prescribed by Punjab Procurement Rules (PPR) 2009 has been adopted in accordance with the specifications and evaluation criteria included in the tender documents, and the allegations leveled against procurement prima facie appear to be incorrect.

The TIP appreciated the provincial government’s detailed response to its letter in which the organization requested to follow PPR 2009 in all procurements, which will result in awards of all contracts to lowest evaluated bid. It said that the TIP was striving for rule of law in Pakistan, which is the only way to eliminate corruption and have good governance.

The letter, signed by Syed Adil Adil Gilani, Advisor, TIP, said that his organization examined the official reply and found it satisfactory. It said Article 19-A of the Pakistan Constitution makes the right to access of information pertaining to a public authority a fundamental right.

The TIP letter quoted the provincial government’s response, which for the procurement of 110,000 laptops a transparent procedure was followed as per PPR 2009 and the final purchase cost of Rs 37,700 per piece was much below the market cost.

This price is inclusive of a backpack, air shipping, pre-shipment inspection, extended warranty for a period of 15 months, storage and inland transportation charges and delivery to educational institutions throughout Punjab, the reply said. The bid documents were issued to all interested firms, which included detailed terms and conditions, specifications and evaluation criteria, in accordance with PPR 23.

According to the bid document, the procurement was to be undertaken through establishing LC at-sight, which meant payment will be made immediately on delivery. However, while finalizing the mode of payment the firm offered to establish a letter of credit for 30 days, the TIP said further quoting the official clarification.

Under this arrangement, the supplier is offering a 30 days credit to the Punjab government even after delivery of laptops as the payments are being made 30 days after presentation of documents by the supplier firm to the bank, after the goods have been received by the purchaser. The specifications in tender were exactly the same as the product procured and Core i3 or i5 chipsets were never mentioned in the bid documents.

The official reply further said that 15 months parts warranty against the industry norm of 12 months inclusive of battery is provided for all laptops. A copy of contract under National Accountability Ordinance has already been sent to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) by the Higher Education Department (HED) of Punjab.

It said that the laptop initiative was being implemented by the HED through the Directorate of IT Labs. An eight-member project steering committee for procurement and implementation of the laptop initiative was constituted by the Punjab chief minister to ensure transparency in purchase process.

Over the past few days, the political rivals of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) hammered it hard for allegedly committing massive corruption in the laptop project and purchasing these computers at higher prices. They were not impressed with its reply. However, after the TIP that took up the matter basing it on a news report cleared the Punjab government, the PML-N stood vindicated. While earlier it was under pressure due to the negative campaign, it felt relieved due to the TIP’s findings.

    • Dimwit supporters of ganja and the likes. When will these sheeple get themselves a brain and some common sense.

      It’s pretty obvious that the corruption in Pakistan is never revealed. They do nothing for you dimwits – they do it for their own benefit.

      I am sure you are part of that dumb crowd that believe that ganja has a worth of 3 lakh rupees that he pays tax of.

      • no one is part of dumb crowd. we are just appreciating a good thing.

        and i guess you have decided to remain mohannas in this matter. that y you have not writen your name. anonymous. and if you dont know what mohannas means then let me know.

        • Funny. It’s because of people like you who keep voting for that one supposedly “good thing” (which isn’t actually), that zardaris get elected.

          Even if it was all fair and corruption free (which it definitely wasn’t), there is no real advantage to be gained by giving laptops to students. Setup more libraries with computer and internet access or do more to improve education standards. These stupid gimmick schemes mean jack.

  • After 4 years of govt now reason is only vote and and to reduce impact of so called ilzam khan, i would say insaf khan.
    Thanks imran you will going to be part of govt or not, you directly and indirectly changing. This was never happend in era of 1990-2000 when same govt was in same country.
    if some one says that at that time they have given us this or that i would say it is there duty.

  • Yes that’s a reality whenever any good things happened in Pakistan we killed its mileage using our vote of critiscm but of negative type. always

  • This is not a criticism. this is reality.

    PML(N) has always supported the govt in its destructive policies even in opening the nato supply recently. It proves them both (PML and PPP) of same ideology……

    As for Imran Khan, we always support him because of his vision not because of his personality or anything like that…..We believe that he is the only one who can bring the real change in country….

  • face it imran khan supporters, u people talk too negative..
    even if there wasn’t a clean chit, u should be thankful that students are given free laptops. resulting in increase in IT services.
    no politician is clean, every one takes his part; atleast be thankful that some of them are benefiting the society.

  • TIP has been known to be completely slave of one particular party. Look at their documeents, none points to corruption in one province, only other provinces are focus.
    We students know how “transparent” this scheme was. In addition to us, bottom list students relatives of department “coordinators” also got laptops. Teachers also got these laptops.
    And lastly they are freely available in market.
    I think TIP just proved they are not to be trusted.

  • پنجاب گورنمنٹ نے ٹرانسپرنسی انٹرنیشنل میں پٹواریوں کے بیٹے بھرتی کروا دیئے ہیں۔ خان کا دعوٰی۔

  • plz don’t forget to comment :) Imran Khan noted that according to a report of the Transparency International corruption worth Rs 8.5 billion has been done by the politicians ….

  • there are reports that a heavy cheque was give to the international transparency head with a request to make it legal…

  • there are reports that a heavy cheque was give to the international transparency head with a request to make it legal… hahhahahahhahahha and this website is to biased that my comments are keep deleting and others not posting…

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