Ministry of Home Affairs is likely to extend the current deal with British firm De La Rue for extra 5 million machine readable passport (MRP) booklets and 5.5 million lamination foils at a cost of $11.49 million.
According to official sources, the Department of Immigration and Passport (DIP) under the Ministry of Home Affairs has moved a proposal to the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase in this regard.
Once the Cabinet body approves the proposal, the DIP will amend its existing deal with the De La Rue to incorporate the new order for supply of the additional MRP booklets and lamination foils for next few months, said the sources.
The British firm was appointed through a tender process in 2013 for supply of a total 15 million MRP booklets and 15 million lamination foils at a cost of about $33 million (equivalent to Tk. 267.56 crore).
But most of the MRP booklets and lamination foils have already been used for issuing passports and now only 1.5 million booklets and 1.3 million lamination fouls are now in stocks of the DIP.
“The stock may meet this months’ demand” said an official referring to the proposal moved for the Cabinet body.
He mentioned that the government has already initiated a move to introduce e-passport. But until the e-passport is launched, the current MRP will be required to issue for the passport users.
In such a situation, the Ministry of Home Affairs seeks to extend the current deal with under a provision of repeat order where the cost was proposed to be half of the previous MRP booklets and lamination foil, said the sources.