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NIC joined hands with C 1 INDIA in eProcurement Scandle along with NISG, DIT and Govt. of INDIA !! READ THIS:: NIC eProcurement project irregularities in INDIA ???

Posted by egovindia on January 19, 2007

NIC has joined hands with C 1 INDIA in eProcurement Scandle of the COUNTRY along with NISG, DIT and Govt. of INDIA !!


READ THE following more to come on this eProcurement issue of INDIA:

NIC eProcurement project irregularities in INDIA ???


Is NIC promoting this eProcurement Scandle ? I

Does Prime Minister of INDIA want to LEGITAMIZE eProcurement scandle ? – IT Secretary RAO of AP writes: You are absolutely right on this one. We gave totally misleading figures.

https://egovindia.wordpress.com/2007/01/16/does-prime-minister-of-india-want-to-legitamize-eprocurement-scandle-it-secretary-rao-of-ap-writes-you-are-absolutely-right-on-this-one-we-gave-totally-misleading-figures/\n


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 JointDirector, (Purchase Section Technical), National Informatics Center, Ministry of Communications\nand Information Technology, Department of information Technology, A Block, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,New Delhi 110 003, Phone 011-2436-1605.

eGovINDIA Group want to\ninform you all the following:

1. In the prequalification criteria Page no.2, item no 2 (VI) NICsaid 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 whichhas”,

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 Group want to inform you all 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. Interstingly PWC (Consultant of GOAP project) is also a deployment partner of the C1 (Visit “,1] ); 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.

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

(Visit http:// http://www.c1india.com/partners/partners.html#)

5. How to put an end to such nonsenses?

6. Whether NIC is obligated to reply ITI letter or not? NIC can neglet the\nletter of ITI just like that? Is the legal battle is only the remedy? Is there any authority who\ncan parade these officials on open road puting a necklace of “corrupt officer”?

We\n have couriered the NIC tender document, ITI letters and other\ndocuments related to this tender to an attorney.
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RTI act 2005 is revealing more information.

Follow up on the above eProcurement Scandle by NIC, NISG, C 1 INDIA, MIT and Govt. of INDIA

1. ITI has taken up the issue with NIC’s project evaluation authority. However ITI is not ready to fight with NIC as ITI needs to keep themselves in good books of NIC.

2. The project has already been awarded to PWC & C1 Consortium for a high value.

3. Apparently STQC has also stated that the prequalification criteria is wrong.  This has been done through the request of NIC only.

4. eGovINDIA Group has seen the high handedness of “DELHI’S BAG MAN” Mr.Suresh Nanda in this entire transaction. Mr.Suresh Nanda is the Chairman of C1 who has involed in Scams like Bofors, but now talks transparency in public procurement.

5. ITI and STQC cannot do much as again they are government organisations and dependent on NIC for business.

6. eGovINDIA Group can write to respective authorities and prevent such violations as a part of our mission for the future.

This needs to be exposed now!!!!!”,1] ); http:// www.c1india.com/partners/partners.html#)

5. How to put an end to these nonsenses ?

6. Whether NIC is obligated to reply ITI letter or not? NIC can neglet the letter of ITI just like that? Is the legal battle is only the remedy? Is there any authority who can parade these officials on open road puting a necklace of “corrupt officer”?

We have couriered the NIC tender document, ITI letters and other documents related to this tender to an attorney.
_______________________________________________________________________________

RTI act 2005 is revealing more information.

Follow up on the above eProcurement Scandle by NIC, NISG, C 1 INDIA, MIT and Govt. of INDIA

1. ITI has taken up the issue with NIC’s project evaluation authority. However ITI is not ready to fight with NIC as ITI needs to keep themselves in good books of NIC.

2. The project has already been awarded to PWC & C1 Consortium for a high value.

3. Apparently STQC has also stated that the prequalification criteria is wrong. This has been done through the request of NIC only.

4. eGovINDIA Group has seen the high handedness of “DELHI’S BAG MAN” Mr.Suresh Nanda in this entire transaction. Mr.Suresh Nanda is the Chairman of C1 who has involed in Scams like Bofors, but now talks transparency in public procurement.

5. ITI and STQC cannot do much as again they are government organisations and dependent on NIC for business.

6. eGovINDIA Group can write to respective authorities and prevent such violations as a part of our mission for the future. This needs to be exposed now!!!!!

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About eGovINDIA

This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India’s largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA

INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to Information for all in INDIA. Right to Information in INDIA discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI

\neGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI\nhas taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and\nto bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC,\nSupreme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. All News Papers will be included for wider circulation.

INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA.

India WhistleBlower Act:The Action Group;http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA

eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India,\nconsisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer. As on date, the group has more than 3100 members. “,

eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC, Supreme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. All News Papers will be included for wider circulation.


INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA.
India WhistleBlower Act:The Action Group;http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA

eGovINDIA is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer. As on date, the group has more than 3100 members. The\nfocus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source\ntechnology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to\nsee a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access\nto government services by the common man, notably the depressed class\npeople (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung\nand difficult areas of India.

Corruption is a stark reality in India. The recent reports put India in the worst category in corruption index. For the group members, e-governance means less corruption too. The least we expect out of e-governance is transparency.

The Driving Motivation

The essence of good governance is based on the premise that the laws and procedures are transparent, clearly defined & understood by those governed and the implementation is both quick and smooth. To this effect, the governance in a developing country is a challenge, because a majority of the governed (citizens) are educationally & socio-economically challenged. More so, in developing countries, where the governments are formed through democratic means, the challenge of governance is much larger as the governors themselves are at times not very clear on various rules and procedures as ‘Governance‘ per say is a dynamic process, that cannot be handled through static rules and procedures. Further, at times, the rules and procedures, though explicitly defined in the constitution or statutes, by themselves become hindrances in the path of governance due to lack of transparency and procedural clarities. “,

The focus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.

Corruption is a stark reality in India. The recent reports put India in the worst category in corruption index. For the group members, e-governance means less corruption too. The least we expect out of e-governance is transparency.


The Driving Motivation

The essence of good governance is based on the premise that the laws and procedures are transparent, clearly defined & understood by those governed and the implementation is both quick and smooth. To this effect, the governance in a developing country is a challenge, because a majority of the governed (citizens) are educationally & socio-economically challenged. More so, in developing countries, where the governments are formed through democratic means, the challenge of governance is much larger as the governors themselves are at times not very clear on various rules and procedures as ‘Governance‘ per say is a dynamic process, that cannot be handled through static rules and procedures. Further, at times, the rules and procedures, though explicitly defined in the constitution or statutes, by themselves become hindrances in the path of governance due to lack of transparency and procedural clarities.

Hence, the solution to the foresaid lies in providing a mechanism that is quick, interactive and provides a clear repository of rules and regulations, which extend help in decision making for both the governors and the governed.

The mechanism can be easily defined as e- governance, that has the benefit of providing clear cut, transparent, interactive, easy to implement and just solutions (in dynamic mode) in the quickest possible time frame.

However, it is easier said than done, because in a developing country the access to basic amenities as food, water, clothing , shelter , basic education and health take the immediate planning priorities of the governors, that always move from ‘one crisis to another – Emergency Hospital Room situations‘ without having time to plan strategies to link the issues in a holistic perspective and address the root cause of the problems .

TheGovernors (policy & decision makers) need to be made aware on possibilities that are presented now with the advancement of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) that can collect, collate and analyze data from various sources among different sectors to view the economy holistically and support decision making processes in a transparent way.“,

Hence, the solution to the foresaid lies in providing a mechanism that is quick, interactive and provides a clear repository of rules and regulations, which extend help in decision making for both the governors and the governed.

The mechanism can be easily defined as e- governance, that has the benefit of providing clear cut, transparent, interactive, easy to implement and just solutions (in dynamic mode) in the quickest possible time frame.

However, it is easier said than done, because in a developing country the access to basic amenities as food, water, clothing , shelter , basic education and health take the immediate planning priorities of the governors, that always move from ‘one crisis to another – Emergency Hospital Room situations‘ without having time to plan strategies to link the issues in a holistic perspective and address the root cause of the problems .

The Governors (policy & decision makers) need to be made aware on possibilities that are presented now with the advancement of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) that can collect, collate and analyze data from various sources among different sectors to view the economy holistically and support decision making processes in a transparent way.

The Mission

The overarching mission of The eGovINDIA Consortium is that e-Governance can happen, provided the capacity building of both the governors and the governed take place on utilizing ICTs to the optimum capabilities. ICTs can facilitate the process of governance, provided at the grass root levels, the data are collected & collated in the standardized structural formats (Automated data collection & Collation Systems), converted into tangible Management Information Systems (MIS) from which the Decision Support Systems (DSS) can evolve.

DSS can help in supporting sustainable development across developing countries, as it would clearly differentiate between the solutions that are required by the unserved and the underserved and the affluent class. More so, the digital divide can be closed, provided a clear understanding of the needs for an e-Governance mechanism & infrastructure is understood. This would include a detailed understanding of the governance issues and processes at various levels of economy in different economic sectors across many classes.

The Mission

The overarching mission of The eGovINDIA Consortium is that e-Governance can happen, provided the capacity building of both the governors and the governed take place on utilizing ICTs to the optimum capabilities. ICTs can facilitate the process of governance, provided at the grass root levels, the data are collected & collated in the standardized structural formats (Automated data collection & Collation Systems), converted into tangible Management Information Systems (MIS) from which the Decision Support Systems (DSS) can evolve.

DSS can help in supporting sustainable development across developing countries, as it would clearly differentiate between the solutions that are required by the unserved and the underserved and the affluent class. More so, the digital divide can be closed, provided a clear understanding of the needs for an e-Governance mechanism & infrastructure is understood. This would include a detailed understanding of the governance issues and processes at various levels of economy in different economic sectors across many classes.

Once, a clear understanding of the e-Governance infrastructure need & process is established, Tool Kits suiting the requirements of various stakeholders (Urban and Rural) can be developed that can include the various Modules to advance public sector reforms and facilitate the planning processes. The Knowledge Maps and e-Government Toolkits of Urban and Rural stakeholders should\nthus be planned and prepared in two distinct and separate but possibly overlapping Modules.

Some of the issues that The eGovINDIA Consortium are advocating for include, but not limited to:

`Right to Information Act will empower common people’. An inalienable right conferred on citizens.  The eGovINDIA Consortium strongly advocate that ALL Governance in INDIA needs NRTI Act 2005 implemented effectively and properly to follow RTIA which means Responsibility, Transparency, Integrity and Accountability.

The legislative intent is clear; we are entitled to know how our money is spent. The onus is on us to make the Act work. In effect, therefore, the right conferred on the citizen is an exhaustive one. It allows him to assess and examine every government decision, to study the reasons recorded by the government for taking a particular step, and to utilise information so gathered to ensure that government acts in a transparent and just manner.

Once, a clear understanding of the e-Governance infrastructure need & process is established, Tool Kits suiting the requirements of various stakeholders (Urban and Rural) can be developed that can include the various Modules to advance public sector reforms and facilitate the planning processes. The Knowledge Maps and e-Government Toolkits of Urban and Rural stakeholders should thus be planned and prepared in two distinct and separate but possibly overlapping Modules.

Some of the issues that The eGovINDIA Consortium are advocating for include, but not limited to:

`Right to Information Act will empower common people’. An inalienable right conferred on citizens. The eGovINDIA Consortium strongly advocate that ALL Governance in INDIA needs NRTI Act 2005 implemented effectively and properly to follow RTIA which means Responsibility, Transparency, Integrity and Accountability.


The legislative intent is clear; we are entitled to know how our money is spent. The onus is on us to make the Act work. In effect, therefore, the right conferred on the citizen is an exhaustive one. It allows him to assess and examine every government decision, to study the reasons recorded by the government for taking a particular step, and to utilise information so gathered to ensure that government acts in a transparent and just manner.

Indeed, the preamble to the Act puts it well when it says, “democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information” and adds these “are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed”.

Localization of Languages which is a MUST for EFFECTIVE Implementation of eGovernance, RTI Act and all other Acts of INDIA. There are 20 to 22 official languages in INDIA. All ACTS of INDIA needs to be TRANSLATED into these official Langauges.

Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 20 to 25 % in INDIA knows Hindi. 85% to 90 % of people speak there own STATE LANGAUGE. We need to CATER to these people. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it’s future. Real RTI Activists who are in the field knows about this problems.

Indeed, the preamble to the Act puts it well when it says, “democracy requires an informed citizenry and transparency of information” and adds these “are vital to its functioning and also to contain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalities accountable to the governed”.

Localization of Languages which is a MUST for EFFECTIVE Implementation of eGovernance, RTI Act and all other Acts of INDIA. There are 20 to 22 official languages in INDIA. All ACTS of INDIA needs to be TRANSLATED into these official Langauges.

Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 20 to 25 % in INDIA knows Hindi. 85 % to 90 % of people speak there own STATE LANGAUGE. We need to CATER to these people. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it’s future. Real RTI Activists who are in the field knows about this problems.

Right to Info Act hits language barrier

http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID\u003d9593

Minister Dayanidhi Maran Says Only FIVE percent speak ENGLISH in INDIA. SO 95% of population needs to know RTI rules and regulations in different Languages of INDIA.

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DARPG Guidelines:

Right to Info Act hits language barrier

http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=9593

Minister Dayanidhi Maran Says Only FIVE percent speak ENGLISH in INDIA. SO 95% of population needs to know RTI rules and regulations in different Languages of INDIA.

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DARPG Guidelines:

E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become\nan important component of any office automation system. It expedites\nexchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and\nreduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programme’s.

http://darpg.nic.in/Content/Guidelines-emailDec04.doc

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 E-mail is an efficient and timely communication tool used to carry out departmental activities and to conduct business within the Government of India, with business partners and with citizens. E-mail has become an important component of any office automation system. It expedites exchange of information, speeds up the decision making process and reduces paperwork, resulting in increased productivity, reduced costs and better delivery of services and programme’s.

http://darpg.nic.in/Content/Guidelines-emailDec04.doc

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Right to information and obligations of public authorities

Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information. 

Every public authority shall

(a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;”,

Right to information and obligations of public authorities

3 Subject to the provisions of this Act, all citizens shall have the right to information.

4 (1) Every public authority shall—

(a) maintain all its records duly catalogued and indexed in a manner and the form which facilitates the right to information under this Act and ensure that all records that are appropriate to be computerized are, within a reasonable time and subject to availability of resources, computerized and connected through a network all over the country on different systems so that access to such records is facilitated;

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The eGovINDIA Consortium TEAM

The eGovINDIA Consortium consists of institutions and individuals of national and international repute having considerable experience and track record in the areas required for eGovernance. The key Consortium members understand Indian context, on going reforms in India and in other countries such as South Africa, etc, and worked with infoDev.org and other international development agencies.

The eGovINDIA Consortium have thoughtfully designed the team to include practitioners, technical people, administrators in the government (Indian Administrative Service (IAS)) and the private sector, researchers and trainers and reform champions of repute to meet the objectives of any work in the area eGovernance. The eGovINDIA Consortium team consists of individuals with experience in ICTs and e-governance in both Urban and Rural areas.

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The eGovINDIA Consortium TEAM

The eGovINDIA Consortium consists of institutions and individuals of national and international repute having considerable experience and track record in the areas required for eGovernance. The key Consortium members understand Indian context, on going reforms in India and in other countries such as South Africa, etc, and worked with infoDev.org and other international development agencies.

The eGovINDIA Consortium have thoughtfully designed the team to include practitioners, technical people, administrators in the government (Indian Administrative Service (IAS)) and the private sector, researchers and trainers and reform champions of repute to meet the objectives of any work in the area eGovernance. The eGovINDIA Consortium team consists of individuals with experience in ICTs and e-governance in both Urban and Rural areas.

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