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    NEED OF IMPLEMENTATION OMBUDSMAN



    Our’s is a very fortunate nation. We have all sort of natural resources, rivers, best agricultural land, world’s best manpower which can “make” Dubai & Kuwait and turn Saudi vast deserts into grain & fruit export country. But we are unfortunately in only aspect that those who rule us in any shape namely politicians or bureaucracy etc they are that type which a country like Pakistan should have. They just come to complete their 8 hours duty.

    Ministry of Communication, National Highways & Motorway Police has issued a tender notice on 21/7/2001 wherein certain items have fully named and branded so that only “some specific” people could benefit. For tender asked Truck 3000 to 3500 cc (HINO FB113kA Brand), Ball Pen (PIANO Brand), Calculator (CITIZEN), Carbon paper (Of KCR Company), Floppies (SONY Brand), Shorthand Pencils (GOLDFISH Brand). Transparent Tender Invitations always give specifications only and not any Brand, make or Model numbers. Thus all manufacturers, suppliers can quote and compete and selection of course rests with tender authority. Giving and restricting brand name and models of particular manufacturer and supplier always mean to stop others to quote and compete “for obvious interests”.

    Some trader years back complained to Federal Ombudsman that some government department had floated tender asking for an item of a particular manufacturer. The then Federal Ombudsman did not like this and issued orders to the government that in future no tender will contain specific brand or supplier brand. But one keep on seeing such tenders.

    As we are creating different types of cells and over it special cells, Ombudsman and then tax ombudsman, potential insurance and banking ombudsman, and now district ombudsmen, may I request and suggest His Excellency the President of Pakistan to consider establishing an “Implementation Ombudsman” who could monitor and implement in practical terms the directives and orders issued by federal, provincial and tax ombudsmen.

    29th August 2001


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