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Punjab E&T Dept Faces Acute Backlog of 1.537mn of Number Plates and Smart Cards, Officials Tell NAB

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LAHORE– The Director General, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has taken cognizance of reports of acute backlog being faced by the Excise & Taxation (E&T) Department, Lahore in issuance of number plates and smart cards to public by directing Awareness and Prevention (A&P) Wing for commencing a briefing from Secretary Excise Wajihullah Kundi and DG E&T Masoodul Haq in NAB Lahore.

Briefing was extended by Secy Excise and participated by senior Officers of the Bureau. The briefing was in continuation of one laid by former DG Excise in August last year, over which lack of compliance was observed from Excise department.

During the briefing, Wajihullah Kundi stated that Excise Dept, Lahore left with zero stock available till end of 2019, whereas, technical and other legal reasons caused further delay in meeting the requirements. Secy Excise further briefed the team that, currently the dept has been facing backlog of more than 1.537 million of Number Plates and Smart Cards. While Excise dept has recently landed into a Government to Government (G to G) Agreement with National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) which has offered preparation of Number Plates of same specs but with lower prices.

Moreover, the summary for said Agreement has been forwarded to Chief Minister Office Punjab for comments and approval. He further maintained that Services and General Admin Department (S&GAD) has published recommendation of said contract in Punjab Gazette in May this year.

NAB Lahore officials inquired that even after acquiring validation from PPRA regarding single bidder, why Excise Dept let be cancelled the bidding of M/s Inbox. NAB Lahore also sought complete details of 2014-2017 Contract with M/s Inbox Technologies. In to the bargain, A&P Wing also sought provision of details regarding security features and quantity of Smart Cards issued at yet. All parameters regarding issuance of Vehicle fitness Certificates along with detailed communications held with Transport Department have also been sought by the NAB officials.

NAB also sought reasons for acquittal of three bidders out of participating four ones from bidding process. Even after acquiring go-ahead to the bidding process from Honorable Court and PPRA, what caused M/S Inbox to leave bidding procedure; was asked by the team. Moreover, all details regarding recently agreed Contract with NRTC have also been sought from Excise Dept and the same is also asked to present monthly basis updates to the A&P Wing of the Regional Bureau.

NAB Lahore has made it clear that the Bureau will leave no stone unturned for provision of facilitation to general public, moreover, NAB will offer assistance in overcoming current backlog being faced by the Excise and Taxation Department, on priority.— PRESS RELEASE