state government on Wednesday launched the e-Procurement market
place and posted tenders of four departments online.
by Commerce One (C1), e-Procurement provides services for
electronic tendering, forward and reverse auctions, rate contracts
and catalogue-based contracts. Launching the initiative, roads
and buildings minister T Nageswara Rao said the government
intends to place the tenders of all departments on the Net.
The site’s address is www.eprocurement.gov.in
Tenders of the irrigation, roads and buildings, AP Technology
Services and AP Medical and Health Infrastructure Development
Corporation are being placed on the web, while tenders of
the APSRTC will be cast on the Net very shortly.
The e-Procurement would put an end to the contractors’ cartel
as people can bid from any place in the world, and need not
visit government offices to drop their quotations, the minister
said. The new process would eliminate the interface between
suppliers and buyers, he added. Special chief secretary J
Rambabu said other departments have evinced interest in posting
their tenders on the Net.
IT secretary Ajay Sawhney said the government wants the contractors
to register with e-Procurement. No money would be charged
for the purpose. Efforts were on to centralise the registration
of contractors and make the data available for all departments,
Sawhney said C1 was selected to develop the portal through
bidding, and the company will be paid Rs 4,500 and a share
of 0.24 of the total value of each tender.