WWF denies Rs15 bn contract story

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ISLAMABAD: The government has denied a report published in Daily Jang and The News on 6th February, 2013 titled “Rs10 billion’s bid rejected, Rs15 billion’s accepted” on the front page, saying it is false. The PIO of the government issued a press release which said: “The fact is that Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) held pre-qualification process of contractors for the “Construction of 500-bed Teaching Hospital, Medical & Dental College at Islamabad” in the year, 2012. The M/S Techno & Xinjiang Beixin JV, Islamabad also applied for pre-qualification. However, they were not qualified for participation in the bidding process and reasons thereof were duly communicated to them vide WWF’s letter No.WWF/WKS/TC-3/2013 dated 9th January, 2013 (copy enclosed) in accordance with the PPRA Rules.

“The bidding documents were issued to pre-qualified contractors while the same were not issued to M/S Techno & Xinjiang Beixin JV as they did not qualify for the same as mentioned above. Therefore, claim of firm for carrying out the above project at a cost of 10 billion even without seeing the bidding documents and detail of works included therein, is an attempt to damage the creditability of the entire tendering process of above project in their vested interest.

“The bids received from the pre-qualified contractors are in process of evaluation in accordance with the PPRA Rules and no decision has yet been taken by the competent authority. Therefore, any reference to rejection of so called bid of Rs10 billion and acceptance of bid of Rs15 billion by the WWF is baseless, false and defamatory.”

Usman Manzoor adds: The News story was based on documents and credible information. Workers Welfare Fund did communicate to the aggrieved party but through a one-liner letter and not with the reasons as mandatory under the PPRA Rules.

The WWF was also sent a legal notice through Raja Amir Abbas Advocate on January 14, 2013 intimating the fund not to initiate the tendering process because the matter was already in the Islamabad High Court and the PPRA Rules were violated in the tendering process but to no avail as the clarification has itself confirmed that the tendering process was underway.

The spokesman of the WWF on Wednesday told The News that the bids had been received by the fund, however, to whom the tender would be awarded has not been confirmed yet. It is for the information of Secretary WWF that it was reported that the tender “WAS BEING” awarded at Rs15 billion to a contractor by deliberately ousting the potential parties. A letter sent to the Chief Justice of Pakistan in this regard was also quoted in the story. The News stands by its report.

 

Courtesy: The News


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