The Punjab government on Tuesday gave clean chit former chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif in laptop scheme as HEC report submitted in Punjab Assembly on Tuesday stated the PML-N government had committed no wrong in purchasing and distribution of laptops to thousands of students across Punjab, during his tenure as chief minister of Punjab.
In the submitted report it is claimed that Shehbaz Sharif purchased the laptops from the firm quoting extremely low prices. It said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore had been conducting an inquiry since March 2018, but not a single individual was found guilty of corruption.
The former government distributed 414,848 laptops on the basis of merit from 2012 to 2017, read the reply submitted by HEC. According to the government report, 110,000 laptops, purchased in 2011-12, cost Rs4197 million, where Rs3995 million were spent on 100,000 laptops purchased in 2012-13.
The former government had started the scheme in 2012 and spent billions of rupees on it. The NAB has so far issued no comment on the report.
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20 September, 2019