KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) today directed the bureaucracy to go hi-tech in a bid to curb irregularities in the public procurement sector.

The anti-graft constitutional body advocated e-bidding, which will ensure transparency and do away with monopolistic practices.

The CIAA has urged chief secretary Madhav Prasad Ghimire and secretaries of all ministries to opt for e-tender at the earliest.

“We hope the new system will help good governance. This process is prevalent in developed nations like in the USA, South Korea and Singapore,” said Lalit Bahadur Limbu, acting Chief Commissioner, CIAA.

The CIAA has come up with this initiative in the light of allegations galore. “Many are submitting fake documents like forged citizenship certificates and bogus letter of recommendation from international companies to bag the contracts,” explained Limbu.

The CIAA plans to keep a close tab on bureaucrats, who have often been found to be hand-in-glove with the contractors. It has directed the senior officials to set up good governance units to follow ethical practices.

“Once these units are in place, then there will be a proper mechanism to track complaints and address the shortcomings. This is the best way to curb corruption,” he explained. The CIAA will act as a guardian angel for the service-seekers. In case, the department concerned fails to deliver service on time, then it should give an explanation in writing, detailing the reasons.

The bureaucrats are also told to update the record of Guthi (read: property belonging to a Trust) and public land.