All tenders of the local bodies department under the Punjab government will go online from September 1, to reduce unnecessary paper work and save time and money of contractors involved.
Announcing this here today, Industries & Commerce Minister Manoranjan Kalia, said that e-Tendering is being introduced to bring transparency in the tendering process.
“E-tendering system will be implemented for various types of contracts for developmental works, procurements of goods and services in the department of local government to obtain most competitive and suitable bids from bidders,” he said.
He added that this automation would drastically reduce use of paper work and will bring down expenditure incurred on publication of large size tender notices.
Punjab Infotech has been roped in to provide facilitation services through partnership with ITI Limited, which is a government of India organisation. E- Tendering would be made effective in all municipal corporations, PMIDC and Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
Kalia added all tenders amounting above Rs 10 lakh would be available online on the portal from September 1.
In a meeting held under Kalia it was also decided that all contractors or vendors registered with other government departments would also be allowed to participate in e-Tendering Process of the local government.
All contractors/ suppliers will be required to obtain digital signatures for participation in e-Tendering process.
Workshops for training on the e-tendering system will be organised for contractors as well as employees of the Department.