E-tendering gateway in Himachal launched

Shimla: To bring about transparency in award of government contracts, the state government on Monday introduced e-tendering process for procurement of different commodities by major departments.

Launching the new system chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on the occasion said that the e-procurement would not only bring about efficiency in the functioning of the tendering departments but also reduce paperwork through automated bid evaluation system and would be instrumental in promoting fair competition and thereby result in cost reduction.

Dhumal launched the new system by making available three tenders valued at Rs 104 crore online. The process has been developed by Information Technology department in association with National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Himachal joins a number of states in starting e-tendering, which countrywide is estimated to generate a business of Rs 86,937 crore through NIC alone. The state floats about 15,000 valued at about Rs 2,000 crore.

Making a presentation on the occasion Rajneesh Kumar, director Information Technology said that the new system was being started in public works, irrigation and public health and controller of stores department and would be extended to other department in a phased manner.

He said the e-procurement system would bring about efficiency and transparency, promote fair competition and reduce cost of the commodities. The department was in the process of integrating an e-payment gateway with the e-procurement system, he added.

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