.. by Prof Rahmat Karim Baig
The Funds allocated to public representatives are divided and the contractors bid among themselves for many of them. The present system is too poor and unreliable. The e-bidding and the Below system introduced by the present government is one of the disputable methods. The contractors get a project by going to 47 % below and out of a sum of one million only 530000/- is left for the project. The Authorities approve such a low bid and expect the contractor to do the said work according to the standard/ BOQs.
No contractor can complete a project of one million with a sum of 530000/- which also includes office expenses that go to the pockets of the engineer concerned, the clerks, beside the rest for the contractor. All such contracts are given by the main contractor to the second one who pays some of it to the original contractor so the amount for the project goes very much down and the work remains poor and sub standard.
I have never seen any sub engineer to visit the site, check the work and check the final shape of the project. This is a very bad practice and encourages corruption. The sub let system is the worst practice and whoever has introduced it has done a great disservice to the projects and, in general, to the public who may avail of it. I have personally seen these things with my eyes and condemned the sub contractors as well as the main contractors but they are shameproof and the officials concerned are free to play with the government Funds and have been eating the amount of Funds illegally i.e. HARAM and destroying their own future as well as the future of their children. The department must supervise the system and like the Education Supervisors , there should be a team of inspectors to visit the project sites and get the work done according to BOQs. .. Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 17 June 2022