The Punjab government on Wednesday admitted that its various boards, corporations and departments were adopting different procedures for procurement of paper, resulting in wastage of money.
To curb this practice, chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal constituted a high-level committee under the chairmanship of the principal secretary (schools) to work out a transparent method of procuring paper to be used by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), other government departments and government undertakings.
Besides the chairman, the five-member committee would have the secretary (printing and stationery), the PSEB chairman, and a member of the finance department in the rank of additional secretary as members, according to an official spokesperson.
Gurwaryam Singh, controller, printing and stationery, would be the member secretary of the committee.
The spokesperson said the chief secretary constituted this committee “keeping in view that different boards, corporations and departments, especially Punjab School Education Board” that consume a large quantity of paper “were adopting different procedures of procurement of paper.”
The CS has mandated the committee to negotiate with paper-producing companies to come out with competitive rates for paper that “would result in substantial saving for the government,” the spokesperson added.