The tendering process adopted by various government departments for awarding work contracts or even to obtain goods, services etc. in the state is set for a major change with the showcasing of “e-Procurement Software” of NIC. To begin with the “Jharkhand State Rural Road Department Agency”, a nodal organization under the Rural Development Department, Govt. of Jharkhand and responsible for constructing rural roads throughout the state under the national scheme – PMGSY, has decided to transform its tendering process with the adoption of e-Procurement Software, which has already been adopted by many states in the first phase.
To acquaint the officials and the bidders alike about the software, NIC in association with the Rural Development Department organized a workshop on e-Procurement between 6th & 8th November 2009 at the ViSWA, Training Centre, Kanke, Ranchi. The workshop, inaugurated by Shri Jai Prakash, Engineer-in-Chief in the presence of Shri Shahid Ahmad, State Informatics Officer, and other senior government officials may herald the beginning of a new dawn in a resource rich state like Jharkhand. The intricacies of the software which will be implemented through Internet was explained along with the live demonstration by Shri A K Hota, Technical Director and Shri Ganesh Khadinga, Principal Systems Analyst both NIC experts on the subject. The process of tender creation by the department, uploading it on the site, defining various dates along with the cost –benefit analysis were explained in detail.
Shri S.K.Satpathy, Secretary, Rural Development who addressed the participants on the concluding day observed that problems related to tenders like cartel formation etc, will be curbed while the new system will promote transparency along with higher competition. He declared that his department is going to implement the e-Procurement system in the state from the New Year for all the tenders that will be floated by the department. The workshop ended with vote of thanks by Shri Loukesh Kumar, Technical Director and State Coordinator of the project