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Cabinet committee approves international procurement of fuel, fertiliser

  • Published at 07:46 pm November 25th, 2020
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File photo of a petrol pump in Bangladesh Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) would procure fuel oil for six months in next year from 2 Singaporean companies

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) on Wednesday approved a proposal for procuring gas oil (diesel), Jet A-1, furnace oil, mogas (octane) and marine fuel for the January-June period of the next year with a cost of Tk 3,583.50 crore.

The approval came from the 32nd meeting of the CCGP in the current year held virtually with Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting virtually, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Dr Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal informed that Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) would procure fuel oil for six months in next year from Unipay Singapore Private Limited, Singapore and Vital Asia Private Limited, Singapore.

Saleh said that the Industries Ministry would procure 30,000 metric tons of bagged granular urea fertiliser from KAFCO, Bangladesh for the current fiscal year (FY21) with a cost of around Tk 63.58 crore.

Besides, two separate proposals for procuring fertiliser were also approved in the day’s meeting under which the Industries Ministry will procure 25,000 metric tons of bulk granular (optional) urea fertiliser from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in the current fiscal year (FY21) with around Tk 55.69 crore while another 25,000 metric tons of bulk prield (optional) urea fertiliser will be procured from Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat), QPJSC Qatar in the current fiscal year with around Tk 55.58 crore.

Saleh said the meeting approved a proposal for procuring conductor, ACSR and Bare from Meghna Star Cables and Electrical Appliances Ltd under the Lot 1 of package No DNE (W)-G-48 to be implemented under the project titled “Expansion of distribution network for cent percent Rural Electrification (Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barishal Divisions), 1st revised” with around Tk 69.69 crore.

He said another proposal from the Power Division for procuring 600V conductor and insulated from M/S Rangpur Metal Industries Limited under the Lot No 3 of package No DNE (W) G-48 to be implemented under the project titled “Expansion of distribution network for cent percent Rural Electrification (Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barishal Divisions), 1st revised” got approval in the CCGP meeting with around Tk 46.11 crore.

The Cabinet Division Additional Secretary said the CCGP meeting also gave nod to another proposal from the Power Division to procure 11 KV and 33 KV underground cable from Poly Cable Industries Ltd under Lot 3 of package No DNE (W) -G-31 under the same project titled “Expansion of distribution network for cent percent Rural Electrification (Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barishal Divisions), 1st revised” with Tk 20.60 crore.

Apart from this, another proposal from the Secondary and Higher Education Division to print, binding and supplying 4,65,535 free text books at secondary level (Bangla and English versions), Ebtedaye and Dakhil stage for the next academic year by the Simanto Press and Publications Limited was also approved at a cost of Tk 51,05,122.

Meanwhile, the meeting on Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs was held yesterday virtually with Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmood in the chair.

Saleh said the meeting approved three proposals in principle for following the Direct Procurement Method (DPM).

Under the first proposal from the Ministry of Food, around 3 lakh household silos will be procured under the project for supplying household silos for conserving safe food for the poor, lagging behind small ethnic groups and people from disaster-prone areas of the country.

Under the 2nd proposal from the Secondary and Higher Education Division, some 1,000 metric tons of printing paper will be procured as buffer for printing free textbooks for distributing those at the secondary level (Bangla Version) for the 2021 academic year.

Besides, another proposal from the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division for accomplishing the public works of three sites under the project titled “Palli Janapad”, a cooperatives-based multi-storey project having all modern civic facilities to improve the living standard of rural communities, got retrospective approval. The three project sites are in Gopalganj, Bogura and Rangpur.

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