Rail­ways launches new on­line reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem for ven­dors

Millennium Post - - BUSINESS -

NEW DELHI: The Rail­ways on Tues­day said ven­dors in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts and new tech­nolo­gies for the sec­tor can now reg­is­ter with the na­tional trans­porter through the year.

The Re­search De­signs and Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion (RDSO) of the Rail­ways has launched a new on­line ven­dor reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem which will en­sure that the process is com­pleted within de­fined time­lines, it said in a state­ment.

For the first time, the RDSO has also in­vited ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est (EOI) for all the 600 plus items -- such as au­to­matic twist locks, com­po­nents for diesel lo­co­mo­tives and an­tifric­tion coat­ings -- re­quired by the sec­tor and kept the win­dow open with no time­lines to en­able wider par­tic­i­pa­tion.

"Now ven­dors can reg­is­ter for any of the items 365 days of the year," the min­istry state­ment said. Ear­lier, ven­dors ap­proached the Rail­ways de­pend­ing on the sec­tor's re­quire­ments.

This would help small and medium en­ter­prises and lead to job cre­ation, it added.

Ven­dors can now also­view their ap­pli­ca­tion and reg­is­tra­tion sta­tus on­line on the RDSO web­site, it said.

At present, RDSO, the re­search arm of the Rail­ways, has mul­ti­ple roles that in­clude, apart from re­search, set­ting stan­dards and ap­prov­ing ven­dors.

To en­sure greater trans­parency, all pend­ing ap­pli­ca­tions of RDSO have also been put on­line, rail­way of­fi­cials said.

The ven­dors, mostly those in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts and new tech­nolo­gies for the Rail­ways, can now down­load tech­ni­cal draw­ings and spec­i­fi­ca­tions and de­posit reg­is­tra­tion fees and doc­u­ments as well as in­ter­act with the RDSO on­line.

The state­ment said ver­i­fi­ca­tion of ven­dor doc­u­ments and the phys­i­cal ver­i­fi­ca­tion of the fa­cil­ity will be done si­mul­ta­ne­ously in 8-11 months. Ear­lier, there was no spe­cific time­line for this.

The new sys­tem pro­vides pub­lic ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, ex­pe­di­tious process com­ple­tion with de­fined time­lines, sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of pro­ce­dures and roundthe-year ser­vices, it said.

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