Hyderabad: The eProcurement system which has become one of the most efficient and transparent platforms for procurement and auction processes in Telangana is all set to get a new fillip. An improved and new version of eProcurement application will go live on October 3.
One of the major upgrades in the new version would be making transactions more transparent through digital payment towards EMD (Earnest Money Deposit) – refundable amount for quoting a tender).
Thus, refunds will be reverted to respective accounts or originating card (credit/debit card) immediately after finalisation of the tenders in case of applicant failing to win tender or auction. “The new facility has been introduced for the benefit of participating suppliers, contractors and bidders to encourage digital payments and ensure more transparency,” said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary for IT, Electronics and Communication in an order.
Besides proving to be very efficient in the procurement processes and maintaining transparency, the eProcurement project has been delivering benefits such as cost savings to various departments as well as reducing tender processing time significantly. The new facility has been developed after receiving feedback from various departments seeking additional features on the existing platform.
A steering committee headed by the Principal Secretary for IT, Electronics and Communications finalised the development of the new version of eProcurement and eAuction system. “The new version has completed development, functionality, security audit and performance tests.
Following a request from Telangana State Technology Services Limited (TSTSL), the State government has approved the new version and gave nod for launching its services commencing from October 3,” a senior official said.
The new version will be ready for usage for all government departments, corporations, local bodies, universities and also public sector undertakings of Telangana State with effect from midnight of October 3. Officials said that tenders which were published prior to the new version will be completed as usual on the old platform, while all new tenders will be published on the new platform of eProcurement application.