Transparency International Demands Probe Into Smart CNICs Contract Worth $30 Million

Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has requested the Minister of Interior to look at the allegations in the award of the contract of thirty million Smart CNIC Cards worth $29.7 million.

TIP in its letter acknowledged that it has received a criticism regarding alleged violation of PPRA Guidelines 2004 within the award of contract of thirty million sensible playing cards on a Single Bid foundation towards the market worth of three cents per card plus 7 cents for printing (together with safety features) and freight, at a lack of $25 million to the exchequer.

The complainant talked about the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) invited a young for the procurement of Good Playing cards in February this yr.

NADRA invited the bids on a single stage, two envelop methodology through which the technical analysis is carried out, and the technical analysis report was to be posted on the PPRA web site, however NADRA didn’t publish on PPRA web site the Technical Analysis Report in accordance with Rule 35.

It talked about that the sensible card expertise has modified within the final 10 years and now sensible playing cards are manufactured and provided from China which incorporates SIM/RFID, at an marketed worth of about 3 cents for the amount above 10,000.

In presence of SIM/RFID on NADRA CNIC, safety features will not be needed because it has develop into a standard worldwide observe, for instance; all banks problem ATMs/Credit score Playing cards with inbuilt SIMs, with none safety characteristic. Nonetheless, NADRA has retained pointless safety features which have added to the value of the cardboard, simply to learn the provider.

NADRA opened bids on March 10, 2022 and it obtained three bids. The bids of M/s Gemalto & M/s Idemia have been declared disqualified and the bid of M/s SELP was declared certified by NADRA.

In keeping with PPRA Rule 35 (amended), the technical analysis report was to be printed on the PPRA web site and given to the bidders for objections however was not given by NADRA.

On April 7, 2022, a single bid of M/s SELP was accepted at a worth of $0.99 per card at a complete contract price of $29.7 million.

TIP in its letter claimed that NADRA has violated two sub-conditions of PPRA Rule 38 B whereas accepting the one bid.

The primary violation is the charges must be affordable that are 91 % increased than the market worth and the second violation is that when pre-qualification is carried out (as described in Analysis Report that two bids are disqualified Annex-D) then a single bid can’t be accepted.
TIP requested the Minister of Inside to look at the allegations,  and if allegations are discovered to be appropriate, take instant motion to cease the award of the contract,  and problem orders for inviting new tenders for the procurement of sensible playing cards, eliminating tough circumstances of safety features so the federal government can save $25 million.

Source: Propakistani

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