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Metropolitan given tab tender in violation of procedures

Top officials of the Education Ministry have violated the procedure and given a tender to Metropolitan company to supply tablet computers for schoolteachers and schoolchildren.

Additional secretary of procurement and construction Anuradha Wijekoon and the technical evaluation committee chairman have
got together and prepared an evaluation report in support of the company.

The additional secretary has asked the company to bring down the bid price, media reported, resulting in the decrease of the price from Rs. 7.4 billion to Rs. 6.8 billion.

Discussing with one bidder is a violation of the tender procedures.

The committee has included a tender clause for a mandatory FCC certificate, which is applicable only for the USA, in order to support Metropolitan.

When Wijekoon was at the Department of Motor Traffic previously, he had given all its tenders to this same company, including the one for driving licenses.

Teacher trade unions are demanding an investigation into this tender.

Given below is the letter by Wijekoon, granting the tender to Metropolitan: