new Delhi: For the current tension on the border, the Modi government (Modi Govt) has also taken a step to shock China in the domestic market. The government has imposed control on public procurement from countries including China, which have borders with India. A firm from these countries will be able to fill the tender only after registration with Security Clearance and a special committee. Let it be said that this step has been taken amidst the border dispute with China.
The current rules have changed
In an official statement on Thursday, it has been said that the Government of India has amended the General Financial Rules, 2017 so that bidders of countries whose borders are bordered by India. This step has been taken keeping in view the matters related to defense and security of the country. The Department of Expenditure issued a detailed order on public procurement under the rule with the intention of strengthening the country’s defense and national security.
Under the order, any supplier of countries bordering India can bid for the supply of goods, services (including consultancy and non-consultancy) or project works (including turn-key projects) for public projects in India. When it is registered with the appropriate authority.
It states that the appropriate authority for registration will be the Registration Committee constituted by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). For this, political and security related approval from the Ministry of External Affairs and Home Affairs will be mandatory.
The scope of the order also includes public sector banks and financial institutions, autonomous bodies, central public sector undertakings, public-private partnership projects which seek financial support from the government or units under it.
It states that state governments have an important role in protecting and protecting the country. In view of this, the Government of India has written a letter to the Chief Secretaries of the State Governments, using Article 257 (1) of the Constitution, regarding the implementation of this order in the matter of procurement by State Governments and State Undertakings etc.
States will constitute the appropriate authority in the matter of procurement of state governments but political and security clearance will remain mandatory. In some cases exemption has been given. This includes purchase of Kovid-19 for the supply of medical goods by 31 December for the prevention of the global epidemic.