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With ‘Make in India’ in mind, DPIIT to appoint agency to scrutinise govt tenders

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  • Centre has issued directives to all departments to scrutinise tendering and procurement process

  • The departments have been asked to give preference to 'Made in India' products and service providers

  • DPIIT RFP is out inviting agencies for a period of one year for scrutinizing tenders of central government procuring agencies for its compliance with the order

New Delhi: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has decided to scrutinise the tenders of government procuring entities for compliance with public procurement regulations that aim at promoting 'Made in India' products. The department will rope in a  consulting agency to do the job and has floated a notice inviting request for proposal (RFP) from interested agencies. The government issued Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order, 2017 on June 15, 2017, to promote the production of goods and services in India and enhance income and employment in the country. The government order is aimed at encouraging production linked through local content requirements to incentivise domestic manufacturer's participation in public procurement activities over entities merely importing to trade or assemble items.

The scrutiny work includes the procurement of goods services and works, including turnkey works, by a central ministry or department, their attached or subordinate offices, autonomous bodies controlled by the Government of India, government companies, their joint ventures and special purpose vehicles. Under this order, in the procurement of all goods, services or works in respect of which the estimated value of procurement is less than Rs 50 lakh, only local suppliers shall be eligible to bid, except in certain cases.

The DPIIT tender notice says "intends to on-board an agency, for a period of one year for scrutinizing tenders of central government procuring agencies for its compliance with the order. Interested applicants are requested to submit their responses to the RFP on the central public procurement portal (eprocure.gov.in) before September 8, 2020, at 12:00 PM". The DPIIT said that the main objective of the assignment is to assist and support public procurement cell, DPIIT, for the implementation of PPP-MII Order by scrutinizing tenders of central government procuring entities, including CPSUs and autonomous bodies, published on CPP (central public procurement ) portal and submit a report to DPIIT for its compliance with the order.

"A consulting agency will be selected on (LCS) Least Cost Selection process," it added. Earlier, the department had cancelled government tenders worth thousands of crores because of discriminatory practices being followed. Restrictive and discriminative tender practices prevent participation of domestic companies in government procurement.

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