ISLAMABAD-Contrary to the prevailing practice in the public sector organizations, the Capital Development Authority is continuously avoiding to share bids evolution reports of multimillion projects on the website of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) since 2018.  

Under PPRA rule 35, it is mandatory for every government department to announce the results of the technical and financial bids evaluation well before time and to serve this purpose almost every department shares such reports with PPRA for their onward sharing on its website.

As for instance, the National Highway Authority (NHA), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and dozens of other departments are continuously sharing such reports on PPRA website to ensure transparency and fairness.

However, when it comes to the Capital Development Authority, they never bothered to share any evaluation report with PPRA in the present regime as only an outdated evaluation report of year 2017 for the dualization of Ataturk Avenue embassy road is available on the website.    

A senior officer of PPRA informed this scribe that the purpose of sharing the reports on the website is to make the tendering process more open, transparent and fair. He said most of the institutions are sharing evaluation reports as it is an established practice to disclose such reports under rule 35.

“It is a perfect case for audit officials that how a public sector organisation can avoid sharing evaluation reports from the last four years,” he maintained.   

When contacted, the Director Public Relations CDA Syed Asif Shah has informed that the concerned formations provide technical and evaluation reports to all the participants of any specific tendering process. 

He however after checking concerned quarters confirmed that there was a procedural flaw of not sharing on PPRA website but termed it of minor nature. 

Mr. Shah has assured that now the authority will rectify the shortcoming and it will ensure proper uploading of reports on PPRA website in future as well. 

It is to pertinent to mention here that the authority has employed rule 42-F of the PPRA rules to award multi-billion contracts according to which a contract can be awarded directly to a government owned company i.e. FWO, NLC etc. 

On the other side, works worth billions of rupees were awarded through quotations instead of going into competitive process.