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   July 03, 2017



C&W Department introduces new app and software for billing system

Chitral Times Report

Under the directives of the KP Chief Minister Pervez Khatak to discourage commission mafia more effectively and end the chances of corruption in govt machinery, the Communication & Works (C&W) Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has introduced new app and unique software for billing system that would uproot every possibility of kickbacks in contracts of developmental schemes especially the mega projects. The app has been successfully launched from 1st of this month in Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority (PKHA) and Provincial Building Construction (PBC) as pilot phase and all the contractors and officials of C&W department have been asked to comply forthwith. This unique software has been indigenously developed by IT cell of the department with consultation of the technical and software engineers that besides enhancing the performance and transparency of the department also helped in saving precious foreign exchange. The department has already implemented e-tendering system to avoid dummy contracts, eliminate ineligible contractors and undo other anomalies that were otherwise rampant in past regimes.

Prior to launching the software a meeting for evaluation of the software was held under the chairmanship of the Advisor to Chief Minister for C&W Akbar Ayub Khan at Civil Secretariat Peshawar. After thorough discussion on the system, decisions were made to reflect it in the new software like record of measurement would be replaced with abstract of cost in the billing software, each activity in e-tendering from bidding till issuance of Work Order would be time bound, Divisional Office shall upload Bill of Qualities (BoQ) within 3 days of publication of Notice Inviting Tenders (NIT) in newspapers, bidding would be opened on the same date and time mentioned in NIT, Divisional Office would evaluate the bidding within 10 days, Superintendent Engineer shall approve the evaluated bid within 7 days, Chief Engineer shall also approve the evaluated bid within 7 days, Divisional Office would issue Work Order within 7 days after approval of the bid, a note for enhancement of powers in Tender approval and Technical Sanction (TS) of Superintending Engineers in delegation of power be moved, the TS would be accorded before but not later than the approval of the tender, every individual project should have its own Measurement Book (MB), after completion of the project, the MB would be mandatory submitted to the Divisional Officer by crossing the unused pages of the MB and putting the final date of measurements.

In this regard a circular would be issued to all Divisional Offices/Divisional Account Officers to ensure sanctity of MB. The Divisional Officers would initiate criminal proceeding against the contractors submitting fake call deposit apart from blacklisting of the firm. The Billing Software system would keep reference of laboratory reports. In order to enhance productivity of Junior Clerks in Divisional Offices qualification of Diploma in Information Technology from a recognized Technical Board would be added in the recruitment rules for the posts of Junior Clerk. The Software developed to monitor the progress of scheme right from the reflection in Annual Development Program till award of contract.

It was decided that the Billing Software would be initially implemented in Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority (PKHA) and Provincial Building Construction (PBC) as a pilot phase. The Advisor Akbar Ayub Khan and Secretary C&W Muhammad Asif Khan appreciated the work and approved to implement the software by 1st of July, 2017.




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