CM urges departments to follow SPPRA rules for good governance

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Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said the strengthening of Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA) is necessary for good governance and transparency but “SPPRA must simplify its system and conduct training programmes of concerned officers of all the provincial government departments.”
This he said while presiding over a meeting of SPPRA here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by CM’s Special Assistant Dr Qayoom Soomro, Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajpput and Managing Director SPPRA Abdul Rahim Soomro.
Giving presentation to the chief minister, Abdul Rahim Soomro said that SPPRA was established under SPP Act. He added that before the establishment of SPPRA regime procurement was government by B&R Code and purchase manual. The procurement is the act of acquiring, buying goods, services or works from an external sources.
He said that the PPRA rules apply when procurement is made of over Rs1 million. But, most of the departments do not follow the SPPRA procedure. On this the chief minister said that he had reports that the SPPRA procedure takes lot of time. “This is not in the interests of the government if the works envisaged and approved in the public interest are delayed in the red-tapism,” he said.
The MD SPPRA Rahim Soomro said that the reason of delay in approval was not made by SPPRA officers but the departments usually send incomplete files for approval of the procurement. At this, the chief minister said that he had directed the SPPRA to start training programmes of the officers of all the provincial departments involved in procurement assignments.
Rahim Soomro said that on the directives of chief minister he had started training programmes all over Sindh. In more than 15 districts two-day training programmes of the concerned officers have been completed and the training workshop in the remaining districts were in the pipeline.
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that he has reports that NAB was intervening in the work of SPPRA. The MD SPPRA reply was in affirmative and said that they used to presume that corruption was involved in every procurements. “Now, we have given training to concerned NAB officers and now they are not intervening into our work and understand the nature of our job,” he said.
The chief minister also urged the SPPRA to send him proposal for establishing SPPRA regional offices, one in Hyderabad and other one in Sukkur. “This would reduce work load on the head office and the complaints of the delay in disposal of files would also subside automatically,” he said.
The chief minister appreciated the performance of SPPRA and directed all the departments to follow the SPPRA rules in the interest of good governance and transparency. He also urged the SPPRA to dispose of approval of the procurement files/requests of the departments within 15 days.—Agencies

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