Tribal elders categorically flay E-bidding system in tribal areas

Staff Report

TANK: A Jirga of tribal elders of the newly-merged South Waziristan tribal district on Wednesday vehemently rejected the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) notification regarding introduction of a new system in award of contracts under which all tenders should be processed through E-bidding.

“This is height of injustice with the people of tribal areas because Prime Minister Imran Khan has already pledged fast-track development of the war-ravaged region. We condemn this E-bidding system and demand Imran Khan to direct the officials concerned to cancel this E-bidding system,” a tribal elder Qabil Khan told the Jirga.

According to a notification from the office of the Chief Engineer (merged areas) Works and Services Department Peshawar, the honorable minister for C&W Department KP province has been pleased to inaugurate the E-bidding system in merged areas effective April 2, 2019.

“You are therefore directed that from April 2, 2019 onwards all the tenders in merged areas shall be processed through E-bidding system,” the notification stated.

It stated that the tenders already sent to information department and those advertised in the print media should be finalized on the old system.

“This is important and may be treated as top most priority,” it added.

However, Mehsud elders of South Waziristan tribal district expressed serious reservations over the introduction of E-bidding system in the merged areas, saying that the new system is tantamount to snatching jobs from the local people.

“This E -bidding is not in vogue even either in the federal capital Islamabad or Karachi or Lahore and or Quetta. The prime minister should exempt the newly-merged areas of this system for ten years,” Qabil Khan told the gathering in Tank, the first district to South Waziristan tribal district.

He said that they had already a letter to the prime minister against this excesses in which they requested the premier to look into the issue on priority basis.

“We will wait for some days for solution of our legitimate issue otherwise we will register strong protest against this injustice,” he added.

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