Engineers and experts on Saturday said that there have some legal and technical complexities in the government procurement system in the country contributing the scams like pillow scam at Roopur Nuclear Plant.
They urged the government to remove the complexities upgrading the law, regulation and practices and appointing expert panel for the government procurement.They said that alongside some complexities in the laws, regulation of procurement system, discrepancies also prevail in rate schedule, preparing DPP, estimate of the budget and duration, tendering system, quality of goods and services.
The observations came at a roundtable discussion “Current Government Procurement Scenario: Bangladesh Perspectives” at Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in the capital’s Ramna.
They also said that after a development project is passed, there has huge difference between estimated budget and real budget needed for the implementation of the projects.
Speaking on the occasion IEB President Engineer Mohammad Abdus Sabur said, “For the pillow scam at Roopur Nuclear Power Plant, engineers are not only responsible, the ministry, who has the authority to oversee, cannot avoid the responsibility. Why central procurement technical unit did not clarify the issue in front of the public regarding the complexities.”
“If complexities regarding the government procurement are not solved incidents like the pillow, curtain scam will surface once and again. Engineers have to work so that incidents like that not happen again,” he said.
Chairman of CIPS Bangladesh Md Nurul Huda, executive engineer of procurement unit of LGED Abdus Sattar, LGED Project director Md Jashim Uddin, chairman of civil engineering department of IEB Md Habibur Rahman, secretary of civil engineering department of IEB Tajul Islam Tuhin, among others, spoke on the occasion.