e-Procurement through online Tendering goes live in Kerala

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Tvm: The e-Tendering of Government contracts in Kerala has gone live from today. In the first phase, the e-Tendering facility is being implemented in four departments starting with the Public Works Department (PWD) to be followed by Education, Transport and Police. The Tenders Kerala web portal and e-Tendering facility was launched by the Minister for Public Works, Shri V K Ebrahim Kunj, at a function in Thiruvananthapuram. e-Procurement is a Mission Mode Project (MMP) of Government of India under the National e-Governance Programme (NeGP).

To start off with, submission of Tenders online for contracts in the South Circle including Trivandrum would be possible and this would be extended across Kerala in the next two months. The project was started in June 2011 with the online notification of tenders. Now only Pre Qualified Tenders are being done through the Tenders Kerala website. PWD will do manual processing of the bids after taking printouts. The anytime and anywhere bidding is expected to increase transparency and enhance the process.

In his speech the Minister said that the launch of the e-Tendering facility is an important milestone in PWD and would solve many issues plaguing the department. “Although anyone can view the entire process online, only PWD registered contractors can submit bids. Contractors, those who don’t have internet connection or are not net savvy can submit tenders through Akshaya centres”, he added.

The World Bank and ADB complaint system has been designed and developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) on a national basis and has been implemented in ten States. The project is being implemented in Kerala by Department of IT, Government of Kerala through Kerala State IT Mission. The IT Mission will also provide trainings to the department officials and also contractors.

VP Joy IAS, Principal Secretary, Finance; Manoj Joshi IAS, Secretary, PWD & K S Srinivas IAS, Secretary, IT were among those present. Click here to access the Tenders Kerala website.

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