E-tendering successful in Punjab

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: May 14 2011, 06:13am hrs
Having launched the e-tendering process in September last year, the Punjab government has successfully implemented the same inother ten departments so far. Under phase I, about 8,302 tenders have been uploaded on centralised GoP portal till date. RK Verma, managing director, Punjab Infotech told FE, We are following a transaction based model to charge for the tenders and out of the 8,300 odd tenders, over 2,000 tenders have been uploaded by the local government departments. Though it is just the basic tendering process which has been taken care of in the first phase, while improving the system will be worked out in the second phase.

Punjab Infotech in partnership with M/s ITI (a Government of India undertaking) is facilitating the implementation process. The new system has already been commenced in department of health, housing and urban development, industries and commerce, local government, water supply and sanitation, and in organisations such as Punjab police housing corporation, Punjab municipal infrastructure development company, Punjab state agriculture marketing board and Punjab infrastructure and development board. The implementation of e-tendering process has brought various advantages like reduction of tender cycle time, fast and accurate evaluation, reduction of paper trail, reduction of cost for departments and vendors/contractors etc.

Verma further added, Following successful implementation of e-tendering system in Phase I, we have identified eight more departments for phase II. The chief secretary has already reviewed the departments for phase II and e-tendering is expected to be implemented within a month. The identified departments aredepartment of agriculture, cooperation, cultural affairs, forests & wildlife preservation, medical education & research, rural development & panchayats, school education, tourism and transport.

A common platform has been setup for functioning of e-tendering for both department officials and contractors. Training is being imparted to department officials/vendors both at centralized and organizational level in a phased manner and a number of training sessions have already been conducted in this regard. To facilitate online mode of payment, Punjab Infotech has signed agreement with HDFC for e-Payment gateway services.