The present federal government led by Pakistan Muslim League-N is carrying forward the youth initiative from the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif of awarding free Laptop’s to students. This year govt has planned to give away 400,000 Laptops to university and colleges students. The laptop scheme is now being managed by HEC (Higher Education Commission), who determine the awarding institutes and students.
But according to news being reported, Transparency International has raised apprehension regarding the purchase price of Rs. 51,640 for one laptop. Keep in view that there will be tender floated on May 15, 2015 by formulated commission for the procurement of 400,000 laptops meant for the second phase of Prime Minister laptop scheme that will be awarded in the coming four years in the country.
Furthermore, there is hefty Rs. 21.33 billion hard earned Pakistani tax payer money is being allocated for further broaden this gimmick project – to give 100,000 tablets to students in the coming four years as well. This is a separate initiative of awarding free latest detachable tablets to students of lower grades unlike laptop scheme legitimate for only graduation and upper degree students.
Now as per sources, Transparency International Pakistan has sent a written letter to PM saying that the price agreed upon for tablets is many much higher than the actual market price. The internationally recognized organization also said that while purchasing tablets in this massive quantity should further lessen the prices.
Additionally, Transparency International also elaborated its stance by referring to the $179 same specification windows tablet price at a renowned American retail online store Walmart – which ECC is requiring for the scheme. These tablets can also be imported in the country by paying additional shipping charges ranging from 7,000 to 10,000 only – as the order in bulk quantity.
Moreover, Transparency International also showed its reservation about purchasing immense 400,000 tablets for coming four year through single tender at once.
Transparency International Pakistan said, “We do not agree with the ECC decision to award the contract with variable specification for four years, without knowing the specifications for the second, third and fourth year”.
The international organization Pakistan fraction further stated that this tablets purchase tender will be breach of Pakistan Public Procurement Rules (PPR) 2004, which oblige accurate order specification to be provided to bidder for purchase.
Let’s see how the govt respond to this reservation shown by Transparency International Pakistan regarding laptop and tablets purchase prices. As the tender is going to be open in next week govt may take some stiff measure to make this biding transparent with compliance of rules set for this sort of deals in the country.