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ESIC Contract Likely to go to TCS

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In the contract to computerise Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has emerged the lowest bidder. And as per the normal practice, tendered contracts are generally awarded to the L-1 (lowest) bidder. An announcement regarding this would be made soon. ESIC, country's largest e-governance project aims at providing smart cards to around 1.5 crore industrial workers across the country. The project is slated to be operational in the next 12-18 months.

The bids were invited for implementation of 'Project Panchdeep' on build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis, towards IT-enablement of ESIC from global IT service providers.

The financial bids were opened on Tuesday which revealed that TCS with its bid of INR 1,677 crore, beat its closest IT rivals Infosys and Wipro who bid about INR 2,100 crore and INR 1,890 crore respectively, in order to emerge the lowest bidder.

The five levels of the ESIC project are respectively termed as Pehchan, Milap, Pashan, Dhanvantri and Pragati. This ESIC project will beat the INR 1,000-crore Passport Seva Project, again bagged by TCS, as the largest e-governance contract in the country. Under the five-level Panchdeep Project of ESIC, all services related to identification, authentication and verification of members will be enabled by the IT service provider.

ESIC is a statutory corporation under the Ministry of Labour & Employment for implementing social security schemes. The ESIC scheme provides social security protection to over one crore industrial workers and their family members under the Employee State Insurance (ESI) Act 1948.

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