Considering the flak Government has been receiving on corruption, a Group of Ministers formed to combat the same have suggested a public procurement law and a switch to e-procurement. It seems the government is considering the proposal to create a single portal for procurement for all its departments and agencies on the line of MCA21 (a Ministry of Corporate Affairs’ e-filing portal). It also plans to focus on capacity building and training people in public procurement while ensuring that maximum number of people understand it.
All key information related to procurement will be posted on a single procurement portal. Even the post-bid progress, i.e. who has won the bid, on what grounds, possibly even the rates. Interestingly the portal may cover not only much maligned telecom spectrum but also other natural resources (such as mining, etc.)
We all hope that move will help bring more transparency in the procurement by the government.
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