Aiming at ensuring effective utilisation of people’s money, the government has made the procurement system fully transparent through implementing e-GP (electronic government procurement).
For this, the Central Procurement Technical Unit (CPTU) of the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of the Planning Commission has implemented e-GP system. e-GP has made the procurement process competent and competitive.
Faruque Hossain, Director General of the CPTU and Additional Secretary said this while visiting the stall of the IMED-CPTU at the Development Fair-2018 that started at the International Trade Fair ground at Agargaon in Dhaka on Thursday.
With the theme ‘Indomitable Bangladesh in Advancement of Development’, the fair is showcasing the government’s development activities and achievements made so far in its journey by its various departments and agencies at 330 stalls towards making Bangladesh a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.
Md Mofizul Islam, Secretary, IMED, also visited the stall at the fair in the afternoon.
Talking to media, Faruque Hossain said, the CPTU under IMED has been working rigorously for effective implementation of the government’s development programmes through strong monitoring. Since e-GP is an electronic system, there is no scope for manipulation and so it has been able to ensure ‘value for money.’
“The number of tenders invited through e-GP system has crossed 2 lakh. Since introduction in 2011, the number stood at 200,940,” he said adding, “e-GP system has grown very fast. So far, 1,253 out of a total of 1,324 procuring agencies were connected to e-GP.”
Shish Haider Chowdhury, director of the IMED said, they are displaying various activities of the IMED and the CPTU in public procurement. They are displaying video tutorial, TVCs, and also playing theme song. Besides, the mobile app for tenders are being displayed at the fair to inform the people of the government’s development programmes.
Through this app, tenderes can see tenders, know the tender ID and Notification of Award (NOA), he said.
‘This fair will allow people to know that their money is being spent in a transparent way,” he added.
The number of tenderers registered with e-GP stood at 53,000, he said. IMED is regulating all government procurement through formulating various rules and regulations. 100 percent of the government procurement is now being conducted through e-GP and so far tenders worth Tk 100 crore have been conducted through this system, he informed.
Procurement through e-GP is secured as this can be conducted from offices, even homes and there is no need to drop tenders in the tender box of the concerned department. Unlike in the past, there is no musclemen influence in submitting tenders and all tenderes can now submit and get work order through this electronic system.
About 4 thousand branches of a total of 45 banks having MoU with CPTU are receiving e-GP payments both online and off-line across country. To provide support to all concerned e-GP Help Desk (16575) is working 24/7 at CPTU.