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NIC eProcurement project irregularities

Posted by egovindia on January 19, 2007

NIC eProcurement project irregularities

This is with regard to the NIC tender for Supply, Installation, Testing, Training and Customization of eProcurement system (No.4(29)/2004-PS (T)) Published by Joint Director, (Purchase Section – Technical), National Informatics Center, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Department of information Technology, A Block, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003, Phone 011-2436-1605.

eGovINDIA just wants to inform all of you the following:

1. In the prequalification criteria Page no.2, item no 2 (VI) NIC said that “the vendor or the prime bidder in the case of consortium should be CMM level 4 or ISO 9000-3 certified”. (Please note that there is no certification called ISO 9000-3 in this world and it is only the guidelines for software companies. Through this ITI which has deployed more than 20 eProcurement projects across the country has been prevented from participating in the tender)

2. Apparently ITI Limited a PSU under MCIT has made a representation to NIC stating that the prequalification criteria is wrong and ITI should be allowed to participate in the tender which has been refused by NIC orally.

3. Further STQC experts also informed that the prequalification criteria is wrong.

4. Without listening to the STQC and ITI, NIC went ahead and executed the tender for eProcurement.

5. Interestingly (??) the consortium of PWC and C1 bagged the order form NIC.

6. How beautiful and professional this entire transaction is:

– The PWC who is the consultant to GOAP is the Prime bidder of Consortium.

– The C1 which bagged the project from GOAP through the recommendations of PWC is the consortium partner.

– Though the pre-qulaification criteria was wrong and ITI as well as STQC have submitted the note to this effect, NIC went ahead and awarded the tender to PWC & C1 consortium.

– Now the NIC along with PWC and C1 can go to any state/central/PSU and deploy eProcurement project to enhance transparency (??). however there is no transparency in the NIC’s Procement itself?

Now eGovINDIA Group questions are:

Can NIC Put a wrong Qualification criteria to prevent their own sister concern ITI Limited and do not respond to the representation made by ITI Limited?</ SPAN> Can a consultant (PWC) become the supplier (PWC & C1 consortium)? When a consultant (PWC) recommends some company (C1 ) for the award (in GOAP), can the consultant (PWC) join with the same company (PWC) for another project (NIC) as supplier. http://\ http://

Interstingly PWC (Consultant of GOAP project) is also a deployment partner of the C1 (Visit

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