Companies Approach FBR’s Grievances Redressal Committee To Resolve Their Issues

Three companies have approached the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)’s Grievances Redressal Committee for redressal of their complaints after the grant of the highest score to the M/s AJCL (Pvt) Limited for providing IT-based solutions for electronic monitoring (Track and Trace system) for tobacco products, sugar, fertilizer, and cement.

Senior FBR officials told Propakistani that the aggrieved bidders had the time period of 15 days to approach the Grievances Redressal Committee after the announcement of results by the Licensing Committee. The 15 days period expired on Feb 15, 2021.

The three companies which approached the committee were: Reliance IT Solutions, NIFT and SICPA. So far, the FBR has heard the viewpoint of two companies i.e. Reliance IT Solutions and NIFT.

In accordance with rule 48(1) of the Public Procurement Rules, 2004, the FBR had constituted the Grievances Redressal Committee comprising senior officers of the FBR (HQ), Islamabad. The committee shall have full powers to redress the complaints of bidders pertaining to procurements/contracts being executed in the FBR (HQ) before the same take effect.

The recently issued evaluation report of the FBR revealed that the M/s AJCL (Pvt) Limited is a consortium of Authantix Inc USA and Mitas Corporation from South Africa which scored the highest technical marks in the bidding process of the Track and Trace system for electronic monitoring of sugar, cement, cigarettes, and fertilizers.

In order to prevent leakage of federal tax revenue and under-reporting of production and sales of tobacco, cement, sugar, and fertilizer products and to ensure proper payment of duties/taxes on the manufacture and sale of these goods, the FBR is mandated to license the development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of a track and trace system.