A meeting of the sub-Committee on the Senate Standing Committee on Communications was held on Thursday at Parliament House to investigate the difference between estimated costs of the completed /ongoing projects worth more than rupees one billion during the period of June, 2008 to June 2021.
Senator Saifullah Abro convened the meeting; that was attended by Senator Kamil Ali Agha and senior officers of the Ministry of Communications.
The Committee, while reviewing details of the projects that were submitted to it by the Ministry, showed concern regarding the loop holes in it. It was asserted that information regarding all incomplete projects that had begun in 2008 must be submitted to the Committee. While inquiring details of BOT projects, the Committee was of the view that minutiae of these must be included in the submitted information as well. Chairman Committee, Senator Saifullah Abro opined that the Committee must watch out for tendering tactics in projects that in most cases sets the ground for corruption. It was asserted that since information submitted by the Ministry required more clarity; a Performa developed by Senator Kamil Ali Agha was shared with it. Chairman Committee, Senator Saifullah Abro directed the Ministry that information on the lines of the Performa must be submitted to the Committee that would include details such as main abstract of approved PC-1, prequalification evaluation report, tendering bidding evaluation report and final IPC. The Committee also directed the Ministry to include details of projects that pertained to 2010-11 floods.