DGS&D ENTERS E-GOVERNANCE ERA JAIRAM RAMESH LAUNCHES E-BIDS FOR DGS&D RATE CONTRACTS
Date : 03 Apr 2006
Location : New Delhi
Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals (DGS&D), under the Department of Commerce, Government of India, commonly referred to as ‘DGS&D’ and widely known for conclusion of ‘rate contracts’ today entered the era of e-governance with Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Commerce, launching the live opening of e-bids for DGS&D rate contracts here this afternoon. This marks the computerisation of all of DGS&D’s major procurement and related-activities.
Shri Ramesh informed that this e-governance has 4 components: (1) e-purchase; (2) e-tendering; (3) e-inspection; and (4) e-payment. DGS&D initiated e-tendering as one of the components of its e-procurement platform to bring in transparency and to simplify tendering process, he added.
The total value of supply orders based on DGS&D rate contracts is valued at approximately Rs.3500 crore.*
The Government has directed that tenders issued by DGS&D for conclusion of rate contract for all items should be invited only through e-tendering with effect from April 1, 2006, which would ultimately reduce cost of procurement to both government and trade and industry, besides ensuring bigger participation of trade as even suppliers based in far flung areas can now submit their bids at the click of a mouse.
E-tendering or online tendering is an electronic tool for the intending bidders to download the tender forms including the terms and conditions governing DGS&D contracts, fill them up and submit online and attend the opening of bids online – all in their own office premises.
It is as a part of this initiative that the a live opening of e-bids for conclusion of rate contract for energy efficient tube light fittings took place in the presence of Shri Jairam Ramesh in the DGS&D today.
_______________________ * Based on 2004-05 figures
DGS&D serves as many as 6000+ government users and about 10000 vendors spread across the country including in far flung areas.
Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals, a central purchasing organisation under the Ministry of Commerce, started as India Stores Department in 1860 and emerged in its present form in 1951. Its present role is redefined in 1991 with a clear mandate to conclude Rate Contracts for common user items for the Department/Ministries of the Government of India.
Other important activities of DGS&D include Registration of Vendors; formulate procurement policies and procedures and cargo clearance at major ports including participation consultancy services.
The project to computerize all the activities of DGS&D was initiated in 2000-2001 with an estimated project cost of Rs.7.53 crore and completion by 2005-06. The project was later transformed into e-procurement, a major thrust area monitored by PMO. The e-procurement of DGS&D is also included as a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).
The project envisages an active website (http://dgsnd.gov.in) which gives out details of all tender notices; tender enquiries; rate contracts; technical particulars of stores; list of registered vendors; downloadable tender documents including conditions of contracts, forms, manual, etc; Citizen’s Character; information as per Right to Information (RTI) Act. The application software and website of DGS&D have been designed, developed and implemented by the National Informatics Centre, New Delhi.
Users (i.e., government departments) and vendors can access the application software through the “Indentor’s Page” and “Vendor’s Page”. Users can offer their suggestions online for bringing new items on rate contract; place supply order online; furnish receipt particulars online; after payment receive debits online. Vendors can apply for registration online; submit and receive inspection call online; furnish dispatch details and receive payment online.