Muhith believes Cabinet Purchase body can sit until mid-Nov

Muhith believes Cabinet Purchase body can sit until mid-Nov

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Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said that the government’s two highest policymaking bodies – Cabinet Purchase Committee and Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee – can hold their meetings until middle of November. These two bodies are responsible to approve or disapprove big financial deals and procurement proposals above Tk 50 crore. Such deals are meant to be of policy matters, which are normally decided by the elected government. “I think, the (two) committees can hold meeting until middle of November. Even, they can take decision beyond mid-November to decide on regular matters,” said the Finance Minister who is also heads the two Cabinet bodies. Earlier, Muhith opined that these two cabinet bodies would hold meeting until October 24. But now, through his latest statement, he shifted from his earlier stance. In the last one month, these two cabinet bodies held a good number of meetings and gave approval to a huge number of deals and procurement proposals involving several thousand crores of taka. Normally, the two Cabinet bodies used to meet once or twice a month. The Cabinet Economic Affairs body in its Wednesday’s meeting approved six proposals including revised alignment and restated concession agreement of the Dhaka Elevated Expressway (DEE), a project that got approval three years back, but failed to start construction work. Appointment of independent engineer to DEE project, initializing of agreement by Santos-Kris JV for the offshore shallow water block No-SS-11, Import Policy Order 2012-15, direct import of telecom machinery from Chinese firm-CMEC for the state-owned BTCL received nod of the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee. The Cabinet Purchase Committee approved as much as 20 procurement and tender proposals involving thousands of crore taka. Of the proposals, five were placed in the meeting instantly. These approved proposals include re-construction of unit-3 of Ghorasal power plant with 440 MW capacity at a cost of US$ 269 million. A Chinese firm has won the contract. Procurement of 1.8 million electric poles, setting up of 3 MW solar power project at Sarishabari, construction of bridge and approach road for Uttara model twon project, construction of 11-storyed Bangladesh Election Commission Building, construction of six residential flat buildings at Cox’s Bazaar, import of 50,000 urea fartiliser in two lots, import of 50,000 wheat, consultant appointment for Chittagong WASA project, and awarding contract for Padma Bridge project were among the proposals approved by the Cabinet body. – UNB

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