Implementation of e-Procurement in Odisha

Govt. of Odisha has decided to implement the e-Procurement system in place of the traditional procurement system in the State on priority. Accordingly a team of 21 senior officials from Govt. of Odisha had attended 3 days training programme on e-Procurement at NISG, Hyderabad. A workshop was conducted on 4th January, 2006 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha to implement e-Procurement in the State. Minister, IT, Minister, Works, Chief Secretary, Odisha and CEO, NISG & DG, NIC, New Delhi along with host of senior officials from different department attended the workshop.

On 08.05.2006 in a meeting conducted under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Odisha it was decided to implement e-Procurement system developed by NIC, New Delhi which is complaint with the guidelines issued by the CVC as well as CAG and has stringent security features making it fully tamper proof. NIC gave a detailed presentation on how it proposes to implement the system. Govt. of Odisha will sign a MoU with NIC, New Delhi. NIC in turn shall have a back to back agreement with PriceWaterhouse Coopers Pvt. Ltd. (PWC) for conducting the process study and with C1 India for implementation as well as the post-implementation support Initially 4 engineering departments namely Works, RD, Water Resources and H&UD will be taken for implementation of e-Procurement. In the pilot phase NIC shall develop works package for Works Department, which is taken up in the first phase of implementation. Later on it can be rolled out to other Engineering Departments.

The pilot phase of implementation is likely to take approximately 5 ½ months from initiation of the project. All projects above Rs.1.00 crore of the 4 Engineering departments shall be executed through the e-Procurement system in the first year. A team of officials from PWC & C1 India are placed at OCAC, are conducting the AS-IS & TO-BE study.

A dedicated e-Procurement mission team has been notified with members from all the Engineering Department & OCAC, to carry forward the implementation.

The Secretary Level Committee meets regularly under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary to Govt., Water Resources Department to review the progress of the implementation.

NIC has been asked to submit the draft MoU & cost estimate to Govt. of Odisha to finalize the agreement, which is yet to be furnished.