Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated a novel GIS Mapping system under the country’s National Highway Authority (NHA) e-governance system.
The NHA consists of e-bidding, e-billing, and GIS Mapping, aimed at ensuring transparency in awarding of contracts and helping the country combat corruption.
The prime minister said that the corruption in tenders and bidding would be reduced through the institution’s new measures.
Speaking at the launch, he said, “E-bidding will reduce human interaction in awarding contracts of various projects and will eliminate corruption and bribery from the country. We can never make progress if bribery and corruption continue in the country.” He added, “We will ask other ministries to also shift towards e-governance.”
While these systems were launched almost 20 years ago, Khan said, “The people who take advantage of an outdated system do not want it to improve.” He highlighted that through automation, the world was able to curtail corruption. “Unfortunately, we have accepted this corrupted system.”
The prime minister also expressed resolve to digitize the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) by July this year. “We can ensure more tax collection by introducing automation and digitization in the FBR,” he added.
Earlier, Communications and Postal Services Minister Murad Saeed had said that the NHA has started an e-bidding system that will make the bidding process transparent, efficient, and easy. “NHA is endeavoring to undertake road building projects on public-private partnership (PPP) basis,” he added.