Govt to introduce Public Procurement Bill

Government has decided to introduce a bill in Parliament to bring uniformity and transparency in procurement process.

Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 14:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Government has decided to
introduce a bill in Parliament to bring uniformity and
transparency in procurement process, the Lok Sabha was
informed on Wednesday.

"The Central Government has decided to introduce a Public
Procurement Bill in Parliament. A draft of the proposed Bill
has been placed on the website of Department of Expenditure
for eliciting comments from the public," Minister of State for
Personnel and Public Grievances told the lower house in a
written reply.

Besides, he said, a high-level Empowered Committee was
constituted under the chairmanship of Vinod Dhall, former
Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, on public
procurement.

The terms of reference of the Committee includes
suggesting measures necessary to ensure full transparency in
public procurement and systematic measures to strengthen it.

Narayanasamy said nine references from Members of
Parliament were received by the Department of Expenditure and
Department of Personnel and Training regarding the stated
purchase of stationery and other general items by inviting
tenders and quotations at higher rates and even higher than
Maximum Retail Price (MRP) causing avoidable loss to the
Government.

PTI