Awarding multi-million project to blue-eyed people: PESHAWAR: Instead of taking action versus those in charge of granting a multi-million job of revenue enhancement to blue-eyed people as well as bring upon massive financial losses on the multi-billion Water and Sanitation Firm, Peshawar, the issue has been referred to the City government Division for exterior investigation.
The issue came to the spotlight in the inner audit report in July 2020 and was confirmed by an interior committee developed to further check out the problem in December 2020.
Both the online forums advised stringent corrective activity against those responsible for granting the agreement to the same business for 2 different time periods, resources informed The News.
Nevertheless, the aspects responsible for awarding the agreement and undertaking the job were influential adequate and also no action could be taken against them while committees after committees were developed in the name of additional examination owing to delaying techniques.
The most recent decision of holding an external probe was taken in the 39th conference of the board of supervisors of the WSSP hung on March 30, 2021.
The ceo of the firm created a letter to the assistant Local Government Division looking for further investigation of the matter taking into account the BODY’s last conference. A copy of the letter is readily available with The News.
The letter specified that M/S Swiss Company for Development Participation (SDC) in its two-year task (December 2017– December 2019) funded around Rs173.8 million in 7 major activities for the fortifying and also ability structure of numerous WSSP departments.
The revenue enhancement with door-to-door survey (GIS-survey was just one of these tasks) having actually an approximated expense of Rs36 million, the letter claimed. The WSSP via a competitive bidding procedure selected M/S Urban Device Lahore to undertake the task.
M/S Urban Unit carried out the GIS survey in 67 city and peri-urban union councils of Peshawar by digitally collecting the data through android based application and also concluded their work in March 2020, the letter added.
The ex-Chief Internal Auditor in his audit report increased problems over handed over deliverables of GIS study. The report in addition to recommendations existed in the audit board in its 12th conference hung on December 9, 2020. The board suggested to refer the audit report to the ceo of WSSP to take ideal activity and impose penalties, the letter specified.
However, the Chief Executive Officer WSSP comprised an internal questions committee to review the record of the ex-auditor and to make recommendations before enforcing any kind of charges. The inquiry committee provided an in-depth record having substantial input of all the concerned stakeholders, which was presented in the audit board.
The audit committee suggested to the BoD WSSP to refer the case of GIS Survey project of revenue enhancement with door-to-door consumer study in addition to its query record to the government of KP for external probing, the letter claimed.
It qualities a reference here that the matter was first highlighted by The News in an investigatory tale in July 2020. According to the reports, serious irregularities had been highlighted in the interior audit report of the business that had been submitted to the chief executive officer of the business in November 2019.
The report had recommended penalties besides highlighting the abnormalities. Yet as opposed to doing something about it in line with the record, the issue was referred to other committees for additional investigation.
According to the audit report labelled “Revenue Enhancement Through Consumer Study (GIS)” (copy available with The Information), the contract for the study was awarded to the same firm for 2 different years to identify ways for revenue enhancement. Both the agreements cost Rs40 million, but it failed to bring any type of economic advantage to the business.
“Internal Audit discovered that the very same survey titled as “Customer Survey of WSSP Peshawar” had been performed under WSP World Financial Institution in 2015 for Rs11,000,000 (Rs11 million). The Surveyor was the same – The Urban System and Supervisor MIS was the Focal Person for the activity,” the report claims.
The same survey was provided to the very same property surveyor in 2018, however this moment at an expense of Rs29,000,000 (Rs29 million).
The 2nd study was simply a reproduction of the very first one, which also really did not include live data as well as therefore fell short to aid boost the earnings of the company.
The audit record in its findings noted that the task did not cause any kind of economic value to WSSP as the clients continued to be the very same in 2018 as they remained in 2015 i.e. 57,000.
The payment of Rs11,000,000 was wastage of financial resources and also there was no worth for money. No records were provided for the 2015 study so recipients can’t be identified, the report added.
It explained that the process of affordable bidding process was not conformed and also the agreement was granted against the KPPRA Policies 2014, which resulted as mis-procurement.
The job of Survey 2018-2019 was created with the exact same range and also objectives as the survey of 2015.
If 124,246 clients were identified in 2015 after that because of urbanization as well as population growth the WSSP customers’ data source can have gotten to 150,000 in 2018 whereas WSSP had 57,000 customers in 2018 as well as it still repeated the survey, the record mentioned.
Even repayment to the property surveyor was made against the terms of reference as well as without having adequate testimonial of the agreement, the record explained.