MAIT Or­ga­nizes Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Govern­ment Pro­cure­ment

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MAIT or­ga­nized ‘Na­tional Con­fer­ence on Govern­ment Pro­cure­ment in In­for­ma­tion Age’ in New Delhi. The con­fer­ence high­lighted the im­por­tance of IT pro­cure­ment prac­tices, Model RFPs 2.0, e-Mar­ket­place for govern­ment and semi-govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions. The ses­sions ad­dressed the needs of Pub­lic Sec­tor Heads, Govern­ment Re­la­tion Heads and CFOs of com­pa­nies work­ing in Govern­ment IT Busi­ness. It pro­vided at­ten­dees an op­por­tu­nity to be on the same plat­form as key Govern­ment de­ci­sion-makers in pro­cure­ment prac­tices in the coun­try.

The event was in­au­gu­rated by Ajay Prakash Sawh­ney, Sec­re­tary, MeitY. Neeta Verma, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, NIC and S Radha Chauhan, CEO, GeM were the guest of honor. The event saw a num­ber of panel dis­cus­sions on a wide va­ri­ety of is­sues per­tain­ing to IT Pro­cure­ment & In­no­va­tion in Pro­cure­ment. The speak­ers em­pha­sized on the need to over­haul legacy ICT pro­cure­ment prac­tices, iden­tify sus­cep­ti­bil­i­ties and re­view pro­cesses to make them more im­pact­ful and ef­fi­cient.

Wel­com­ing the del­e­gates Har­ish Kr­ish­nan Vice Pres­i­dent MAIT said, “Govern­ment pro­cure­ment ac­counts for 10 to 15% of GDP of most coun­tries and this is specif­i­cally true for In­dia. MAIT has been work­ing on IT pro­cure­ment since 2012 and we have been in­volved with over 14 state gov­ern­ments. MAIT and its mem­bers have con­trib­uted in prepa­ra­tion of both Model RFP 1.0 and Model RFP 2.0.” Com­ple­ment­ing the govern­ment on GeM he added, “The GeMwill bring ef­fi­ciency in pro­cure­ment and most im­por­tantly trans­parency and pre­dictabil­ity to Govern­ment IT pro­cure­ment.”

Ajay Prakash Sawh­ney, Sec­re­tary, MeitY said, “RFP 2.0 is a great ini­tia­tive and this is just a be­gin­ning. As we move for­ward the terms of en­gage­ment will be­come clearer. We are in the lis­ten­ing mode and are open to sug­ges­tions. The idea is to be able to get the best of goods and ser­vices at com­pet­i­tive rates.”

Neeta Verma, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, NIC said, “Lot of Govern­ment pro­gram and schemes de­pend on the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of this pro­cure­ment process. In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy in the pub­lic pro­cure­ment is not some­thing new as we have seen that AP Govern­ment started the e-pro­cure­ment in 2000 and in 2007, un­der the guid­ance of Min­istry of Fi­nance Dept. of Ex­pen­di­ture, we built cen­tral pub­lic pro­cure­ment plat­form. It pro­vides the com­pre­hen­sive do­main for pro­cure­ment.”

Radha Chauhan, Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary, DGS&D and CEO, GeM­said, “The trans­parency, open­ness, fair­ness, eq­uity – all are those of the spirit which was em­bed­ded at the point in time when the tech­nol­ogy did not en­able us by what we un­der­stand as a ten­der sys­tem. But to­day we find the same ten­der sys­tem in govern­ment’s e mar­ket places with tech­nol­ogy em­bed­ded with the same spirit and we no more need not go through the ten­der pro­cesses in files and saves our time.”

San­jay Ag­gar­wal, Di­rec­tor, Depart­ment of Ex­pen­di­ture, Min­istry of Fi­nance said, “In the pro­cure­ment sys­tem, ca­pac­ity build­ing is the main is­sue that in­cludes doc­u­men­ta­tions and train­ing of the of­fi­cials. I still do not feel ad­e­quate pro­cure­ment train­ing is hap­ping for the govern­ment of­fi­cials as well as the pri­vate of­fi­cials and that ini­tia­tive should come from both govern­ment side as well as in­dus­try play­ers.”

San­jay Jaju, Di­rec­tor of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Na­tional High­ways & In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­raa­tion Lim­ited said, “Along with the other var­i­ous sec­tors, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy also plays an im­por­tant role in the de­vel­op­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy helps tremen­dously in ease of do­ing in­fra­struc­ture and busi­ness by re­mov­ing var­i­ous road blocks that we found in tra­di­tional way of do­ing busi­nesses.”

A panel dis­cus­sion deep-dived into the con­tours of the im­por­tant pro­cure­ment ini­tia­tives where in­dus­try and govern­ment came to­gether to share ideas to make the on­go­ing tran­si­tion in govern­ment IT pro­cure­ment truly trans­for­ma­tional – weed­ing out de­lays, in­ef­fi­cien­cies, and mak­ing avail­able the best tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions to the govern­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies at the most com­pet­i­tive price.

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