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The General Company for Iraqi Ports started the process of organizing the work of the procurement committees in coordination and cooperation with the private sector and to organize the work of the sup ......
|Description||The General Company for Iraqi Ports started the process of organizing the work of the procurement committees in coordination and cooperation with the private sector and to organize the work of the suppliers and provide justice in the competition among them through the development of the work program organizing the local purchase orders through an electronic link for this purpose. In order to find out more about this program, Captain Salem Jabbar Hussain, Assistant Director General of Iraqi Ports Company said to the "new morning": In light of the guidance of the Minister of Transport Captain Kazem Al-Alami in reducing corruption, preserving public funds, maximizing imports and organizing the work of the procurement committees in coordination with the sector. And the organization of the work of processors and provide justice in the competition between them, the General Company for Iraqi Ports developed a program of work to organize local purchase orders through an electronic link for this purpose and announced the method of work of preparing materials and organizing the work. He added that the assistant director of the company in our belief in the role played by local purchases in our company in securing the inputs that will ensure the continuation of work and achieve production that enhances the revenues of Iraqi ports and to overcome the difficulties facing the work of the procurement committees and solve the problems that put our members under indictment and subject to the regulatory bodies and legal accounting in addition to The importance of preserving public money as well as preventing the negative impact on the amounts of points of incentives and profits and the rest of the financial entitlements of the hard worker who requires us as senior management insurance without any reason to reduce them, it is imperative to increase those In addition to that paragraph (VII) of the second article of the Federal Budget Regulations 2018, which necessitated the pressure of expenditure and reduce and rationalize and the goal of government departments measure and to activate the role of internal control is represented in the Audit and Internal Control Department in The Public Company And in cooperation with the Commercial Section and the financial and legal and planning and follow-up and the rest of the sections and ports of our company, and in light of that we put our development program in this regard with a sufficient wall of protection that we want to apply accurately to achieve what we referred to God Almighty and we call on all vendors fully abide by the controls and contexts and the new mechanism And create a spirit of competition that achieves the ambition of all and for which a smart display in the companys queries with the Depository Deposit Fund from the amount of two million dinars to 100 million under the supervision of the Regulatory Committee for the purchase orders formed for this purpose with r The filing of applications by a specified slot shall be permitted by the presence of all interested parties at the time specified in the advertisement for each article and order which must be accompanied by the electronic form. This form must be completed at each purchase and submitted to the competition within (admen) dedicated for this purpose. Open the window in the location Organization of work to promote and improve the work of our company The assistant general manager said that last week we met with the director of the financial department of the company, Rawhi Aziz and the officials of the people and their assistants and unit officials. The meeting dealt with the important matters related to the companys work and keen on public money on the one hand and facilitating procedures and transactions with customers, Work to promote and upgrade our company and discussed the procedures for the payment of salaries for employees for the first time in the history of ports through the smart card (Master Card) and study accurately and also to study the financial procedures and balances for the second half of this year and how to reduce For exchange and instruct the Planning Department to develop a budget planning and preparation, and to instruct the rest of the companys departments and ports to write all their needs for the next year, and put a mechanism in preparing the answers to the Audit Court and not to delay the nomination of each division one accountants to be responsible for the preparation of answers pertaining to his division. The Assistant Director General said that the meeting confirmed the work of the electronic warehouse system and the training of accountants to deal with it and documenting in their computers and other procedures that will achieve this mechanism financial benefits for the company and the selection of optimal materials after it proved successful by applying the first phase of it and we are now launching the final program, Competition and transparency in work and reduce manipulation of public money.|
—- Former BISP chairperson’s name put on ECL on NAB chairman’s orders for her involvement in an embezzlement case ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior Wednesday put the name of former Benazir Income S ......
|Description||—- Former BISP chairperson’s name put on ECL on NAB chairman’s orders for her involvement in an embezzlement case ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior Wednesday put the name of former Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairman Farzana Raja on the Exit Control List (ECL) and communicated this development to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan Today has reliably learned. Well-informed sources aware of the development informed Pakistan Today that the interior ministry had put the name of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Farzana Raja on ECL. They said that NAB had earlier requested the Ministry of Interior to include the name of the former BISP chairman on its ECL, after which the ministry had placed her name on ECL and also communicated this to NAB. The sources also said that NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, in an ongoing anti-corruption crackdown, had advised the officials concerned to open the BISP embezzlement case and complete it on a fast-track basis. They said that NAB chairman had advised the officials of the bureau to get Raja’s name placed on ECL. They also said that former NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudry had closed the case of corruption against Farzana Raja during his tenure. However, the country’s anti-corruption watchdog had now asked the interior ministry to put the name of Raja on ECL on the request of NAB chairman. Earlier, NAB had summoned the PPP leader in connection with embezzlement in BISP funds, but she failed to appear in the case. Nowadays, Farzana Raja is out of the country, they added. It is relevant to mention here that Raja was appointed as BISP chairperson in 2008. BISP was launched in July, 2008, with an immediate objective of consumption, smoothening and cushioning the negative effects of slow economic growth, food crisis and inflation on the poor class, particularly women, through the provision of monthly cash transfers to eligible families. Also, the long-term objectives of BISP include eradicating extreme and chronic poverty, women empowerment and achieving universal primary education targets. Initially, the programme provided assistance amounting to Rs 1,000 per month to each registered family. Later the amount was raised to Rs 1,200. Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed to have unearthed corruption of over Rs 3.8 billion in the BISP programme. Reportedly, around 20 cases of misappropriation of funds, irregular purchase of vehicles, wastage of money, awarding controversial contracts, overpayments, irregular procurements, illegal appointments and other irregularities have been detected in the programme. The biggest misappropriation of funds was allegedly made in the name of flood relief, where an amount of Rs 2.345 billion was paid to those people who remained unaffected by floods. Sources inside FIA said that another large amount of Rs 817.016 million was paid to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for data entry and verification, and for a media campaign on poverty survey public awareness without obtaining prior review and no-objection letter from the World Bank. Another corruption case involving Rs 27.9 million revolved around awarding a contract for a survey to a firm run by chartered accountants, the sources informed. The BISP management was accused of making an irregular payment of Rs 104 million as monthly operational charges for deployment of NADRA’s mobile vehicles for computerised national identity card (CNIC) registration of beneficiaries. According to reports, vehicles costing Rs 5.710 million were purchased allegedly in violation of the policy regarding official use of vehicles and monetisation and sale of official vehicles to grade 20 officials at throwaway prices. Further, management of the programme was accused of making 80 per cent advance payment of Rs 126.35 million for a poverty scorecard survey in Balochistan, in violation of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules. The total cost of the project was Rs 156 million. Moreover, the management of BISP was also accused of paying Rs 9,000 per person, instead of Rs 1,000, in Larkana on political grounds on the third death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. It was also learnt from media reports that an illegal transfer of Rs 381,000 was made to the personal accounts of provincial director generals and Rs 9 million was sent to the Balochistan director general of the programme under the Waseela-i-Haq on the verbal orders of BISP secretary. Moreover, the management also made an overpayment of Rs 128.7 million to a bank under m-banking arrangement (alternate payment mechanism) due to improper reconciliation of funds disbursed to beneficiaries through the smart card. The management was also accused of awarding Rs 48.049 million contract to Pakistan Post Foundation Press without open bidding for printing information letters for beneficiaries, banners and digital booklets, in clear violation of the PPRA Rules, 2004. In addition, the management was accused of drawing Rs 246,000 from the project, titled ‘Social Safety Net Technical Assistance’, without authorisation and payment of money to the former chairperson as TA/DA advance, fuel charges and mobile ceiling from the World Bank account. Yet another case was related to non-reconciliation of funds provided to Pakistan Post and commercial banks for disbursement of Rs 66 million, in violation of the set rules. The Federal Investigation Agency was also investigating a case of overpayment of Rs 116.4 million to Pakistan Post on account of 57,086 beneficiaries due to delayed payment in violation of BISP rules. The agency found illegalities/irregularities in appointments in BISP, illegal appointment of officials on deputation and irregular allowances, like house rent and conveyance, obtained by the employees|
The roll-out of a national multimodal public transport ticketing scheme began on September 1. The integrated scheme is designed to enable passengers to use trains, interurban buses and urban transp ......
|Description||The roll-out of a national multimodal public transport ticketing scheme began on September 1.
The integrated scheme is designed to enable passengers to use trains, interurban buses and urban transport in Ljubljana and Maribor, the country’s two largest cities, without needing separate tickets.
Tickets are loaded onto a smart card available free of charge at any ticket office in the IPPT sales network, which spans the entire country. The card can then be used on any mode provided by any operator on the route-based regional network or the zone-based urban networks in Ljubljana and Maribor.
The launch is the result of a 15-month project co-ordinated by the Ministry of Infrastructure and led by Slovenian Railways. As well as the technical aspects, this involved the establishment of a management organisation of to support automated fare collection and electronic data management.
Until now, tickets were specific to a mode and an operator, and had to be purchased from separate ticket offices. Implementation of IPPT necessitated the introduction of a single electronic smart card and a single tariff, together with harmonisation of operators’ respective systems. The new IT systems have been supplied by Margento, which previously provided back office support for the urban and suburban transport networks in Ljubljana and Koper, as well as the Urbana mobile ticketing system in Ljubljana.
EU funding has covered 85% of the project cost. European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said that the project would ‘enable a multimodal approach to become more simple and reliable’. She hoped that a similar approach ‘would extend to the entire European single market’.
The initial phase covers subsidised travel for school pupils and students. ‘This is the largest group of public transport users, so we have decided that we shall first offer the service of a multilateral passenger transport ticket to them’, said Suzana Habjanic of the Sustainable Mobility & Transport Policy section of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The next phase would see IPPT expanded to include other urban areas that currently provide subsidised travel to students. In the longer term, the smart ticketing will be rolled out in other urban areas on a voluntary basis. The intention is to expand it to all public transport users ultimately.
In terms of technology, IPPT is to be made available on other media such smart phones. Online user accounts are also due to be launched so that passengers can check their balance.
The Coimbatore Corporation is on track to get Tamil Nadu's first public cycle-sharing system. A resolution to this effect was recently passed by the corporation council and officials have planned it a ......
|Description||The Coimbatore Corporation is on track to get Tamil Nadu's first public cycle-sharing system. A resolution to this effect was recently passed by the corporation council and officials have planned it as a part of the smart city initiative.
This system, in its first phase, will cover an area of 20sqkm -- including Saibaba Colony, Tatabad, Ram Nagar, PN Palayam, Coimbatore Junction, Race Course, Ukkadam, RS Puram, Puliakulam, Town Hall and Gopalapuram. The project will include more than 140 cycle stations and 1,600 cycles on rent.
If what officials say is to go by, then the system will be in place by the end of 2017.
Aswathy Dilip, manager of advocacy at the Institute of Transportation and Development Project (ITDP), said, "Though a similar system is in place in several cities in the country, this would be the first time that it is been implemented at such a large scale. Its implementation is more plausible in Coimbatore, which has a larger area at offer," she said.
Corporation officials said that they met with urban planners and other NGOs to study case studies.
The project will be implemented in a year's time on private public partnership. In a few months' time, the corporation would call for expression of interest. "There are several clearances that are awaited. Once we get them, we will implement the system," said a senior corporation official.
As per ITDP, these cycles would be theft proof as each cycle would be fitted with a radio frequency identification device to track the cycles. "All cycles will be specially designed so that its parts cannot be easily dismantled and even if they are, they cannot be used as spares for other cycles," said Aswathy.
She added that a control centre would also be set up which would monitor the movement of the cycles and ensure there are cycles for everyone.
The civic body has decided on two types of stations - small and large. In residential areas, the station would be smaller with less number of cycles and in places such as railway stations and shopping complexes, more cycles would be available.
For the revenue model, the civic body has come up with smart cards. "Each smart card will have to be registered and bought after paying a registration amount. These smart cards will help unlock the cycles at the stations. Also, the cycles will have advertisements on their mud guards and at the stations to earn more revenue to cover the operational cost," said an official.
The initial 30 minutes will be for free and the riders will have to pay for the rest. Even tourists or one-time visitors can use these facilities by getting a card for a day.