The allegations of widespread irregularities in the Learning and Earning Project

In order to create 2 million jobs in the Information Technology sector, the Department of Learning and Earning Development took up the project in 2014 with an investment of Tk 180 crore 40 lakh. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology gave the order on November 10, 2016 to 12 IT organizations through four consortium’s to train a large number of educated young unemployed people in technology.
In January this year, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the expansion and expansion of the project for ‘Learning and Arnegging Development’. In 2016, the cost of the project, which was aimed at completion of the work, was 180 million 40 lakh taka.

ECNEC has approved the second amendment to the project cost of Taka 319.77 million as the work was not completed within the prescribed time. That means the government has allocated 139.37 million taka for the second phase of new training. The deadline for the project in the amendment has been fixed till December this year. Under the project, 20 thousand women will be trained in outsourcing on basic technology and at the upazila and union level, 2,900 people will be trained under the project.

Besides, 840 people in district and upazila level training to develop as freelancers for specialized outsourcing work; In order to create awareness about professional outsourcing training and outsourcing of 53 thousand people in the division and district level, there are about 1,920 media workers.

However, in the second phase of the project, there were allegations of extensive irregularities in the shortlist (short list). Although there are no top IT organizations like Magneto Digital, Star Computer Systems Limited, Business Automation Limited, e-Generation Limited, in the short list, there are several organizations named by nameservers. On June 5, a letter was sent to the minister for telecommunications and information technology, Mustafa Jabbar, alleging irregularities and seven organizations participating in the project EOI (Express of Interest). In addition to the copy of the letter ICT Minister, ICT Minister, ICT Secretary and Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary were also given.

Complainants are Magneto Digital, Star Computer Systems Limited, Babylon Resource Limited, OnAir International Limited, MRR International, Business Automation Limited and E-Generation Limited.

It has been stated in the letter that on November 19 last year, in the second phase of the Learning and Arnegging Development Project, EOI was called for listing of contractual contractors for 15 lot in three packages. Hundreds of IT companies have submitted EOI. The list of 15 lot entries published on May 6 was published online. It is said in the complaint that after successfully completing the work in the first phase of the same project, many of them were not kept in the short list after initial selection.

Almost all the companies that have been excluded from scrutiny have worked in the development of various government projects.
E-Generation Limited has two years of experience in this field. Besides, Business Automation, Star Computer Systems, Babylon, Magneto Digital are also the top IT companies in the country who are experienced in the public and private sector related work related to IT.

Meanwhile, technical and financial proposals are unveiled in two phases after seeking the RFP (Request for Proposal) to the organization included in the short list without taking into account the complaints of concerned organizations. Here also the allegations of irregularities were found in the selection of financial proposals.

Shamim Ahmed Siddiqui, an organization official involved in the short list of the irregularities, went to his office with the project director Ismail Hossain on July 19 last. After receiving the complaint, the project director Ismail Hossain and Deputy Project Director Nabir Uddin found him guilty of physical abuse.

The company gave two separate complaints to the ICT minister about financial irregularities and physical abuse in the project. A copy of the complaint came in the hand of the era. When the officer asked Nabi Uddin about the assassination of the officer, he told Jugantar, there was no such incident. He also said that he was not at the office on the day of the incident. Talking about the irregularities in the Learning and Arnegging Development Project, he denied these allegations when Deputy Project Director Nabir Uddin, in the Agargaon ICT Ministry, told the office. In particular, the issue of irregularities in the publication of the short list, he said, is necessary for the law to publish a short list of the four organizations, but not least.

Asked about the other charges of the project, he took the project director Ismail Hossain to speak in the room. After knowing the identity of the journalist, Ismail Hossain went out of the room after working in the workplace.

When contacted, the minister of communications, information and communications minister Mustafa Jabbar, told the Jugantor that no one would be given any work by irregularities. If any irregularities are found anywhere, strict action will be taken against irregularities.

When the 15 companies have already been selected, the minister said, “The announcement is not so easy. Anyone can pick. Choosing does not mean final selection. It will come to the ministry. The ministry will see. It will be approved by the government’s purchase committee after the ministry. Then it will be effective. ‘

Those who are getting the job of learning and earning projects break the rules

[28 July 018, 19:29 | Online version]

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology started the Learning and Arnegging Development Project from November 10, 2016 to train a large number of educated young unemployed people in IT. In January this year, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the expansion and expansion of the project for ‘Learning and Arnegging Development’.

The government has allocated 139.37 million taka for the second term. The deadline for the project in the amendment has been fixed till December this year. On May 6, the project director of ICT department website There has been allegations of irregularities since the publication of Shortlisted Shortlisted Ismail Hossain

In the 115th section of Public Procurement Rules (PPR) book, page 166, it has been said that there are obligations for at least four and maximum seven organizations that have demonstrated appropriate and adequate capacities to meet the qualifications required for the project evaluation in the consideration of the project evaluation committee.

But the breach of the condition has been published short list. Regarding the rules for 12 lots in 15 lots, there are no rules for three lots (5, 9 and 15 lots). There are only two names in the number five and the number of two and the number 15 in the number five. The PPR says that if the number of short listed organizations is less than four after the evaluation, then the evaluation committee will review the work for the purpose of verifying the following things. A) whether the Interest Individuals request box was correct; B) whether it meets the buyer’s requirement and c) whether the advertisement was published properly according to Rule 90.
The PPR further states that if the larger competition is desired, the main office of the purchasing office will be directed to make the relevant task more advisable to the consultants, to make the request more clear, to re-express the request.

However, even after the re-announcement campaign, the number of short listed applicants is less than four, in that case the short list should be considered final, and the shortlisted short-range applicants will have to send the requested documents.

But there was no rule out there. The short list was published in the first phase and the work of 15 lots has been shared. According to the Public Procurement Rule (PPR), all organizations listed in the shortlist will be called. The number of people who have received the information, they have to inform all. However, this method of learning and earning has not been protected. Only those who have passed are invited to open technical and financial proposals in two stages.

But in the short list some big companies have been named, but relatively few companies have been selected to work. The list of companies calling for technical and financial proposals came to the foreword. The 15 companies which are included in the short list of 15 lots are working to break the rules as follows:

In the first lot, I got the work of four software companies, and the other two associate organizations of the Consortium led by them include different IT companies and Innovations Technologies. The 30-year-old big IT organization, like IBCS Pre-Max Limited, in the same lot did not get the job.

In the second lot, four IT companies have got the work of BM IT Solutions Limited and the other three associate organizations of their consortium, Apnometry Limited, Bangla Solutions Limited and Root Axis. More than 700 workers in the same lot did not get the job of techno vista.

New Horizon CLC Bangladesh has got work among the four organizations in the third lot. A non-IT company called BD Tech Service will work jointly with this organization. The BD Tech service supplies pad, book, pen at various offices. There is no office to mention them.

In the fourth lot, four of the companies have got work in the company of MySoftHaven (BD) Limited and two of its subsidiaries EG Technology Limited and Allan Technologies Private Limited. Comparable large companies in the same lot did not get the job.

In the fifth lot, the name of only one organization – BanglaNet Technologies Limited and two other collaborators of the Consortium, Edu Maker and Raise Up Labs This company has got the job. This organization has been working outside the public procurement rules (PPR).

Five companies got work in AKL Technology Limited and their three consortium consortium, Orange.

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