e-Procurement of Goods, Works & Services
Implementing Agency: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, is the second largest Coal Producing company of India. Much of its business activities have been outsourced. The finalisation of tenders through manual processes used to take 120 days on average which has decreased to a week by the adoption of the web-based e-procurement system which has re-engineered the entire tendering process covering all categories viz. works, services, hiring of vehicle, procurement of materials, annual maintenance contracts. The project covers all types of tenders viz. Open (Domestic & Multi Currency Global), Limited Tenders, Single Tenders valuing Rs 2 Lakh or more. The whole tendering activity starting from Floating of Notice Inviting Tender till Award of Contract is covered under this Project.
The Project was conceived by MCL and has been implemented with the support of National Informatics Centre, Govt. of India. The salient features of the project include fully automatic evaluation of the Tenders including Techno-commercial bid and Price Bid; evaluation on the basis of highly structured and objective data obtained from the bidders doing away with the need of submitting any document online or off-line for evaluation.
The entire business logic required for the validation of data and evaluation of bids has been incorporated in the software. Bidders and Departmental users get appropriate system generated e-mails and SMS at various stages of tendering. Bidders can obtain clarifications on the portal in a very transparent manner without disclosing their identity. Anybody can view the Tender documents and status of the any Tender from the “Guest Login”, without getting registered on the portal .
Plant Quarantine Information System
Implementing Agency: National Informatics Center
The Plant Quarantine Information System (PQIS) project is the first e-Governance initiative in Ministry of Agriculture in which complete workflow process from online application to processing of forms and issuance of certificates has been computerised.
Plant Quarantine is mandatory for import of any plant material under the provisions of Destructive Insects and Pests Act (1914) and Plant Quarantine Rules including Plants, Fruits and Seeds Order 1989 (PFS Order).
The project is being executed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) for Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage (DPPQ&S), Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Ministry of Agriculture.
The system facilitates online registration of importers and exporters; Online submission of application by Importers for Import Permit and Import Release Order; Online submission of application by Exporters. The system also facilitates online processing of these applications using workflows by plant quarantine Stations, automation of fees calculation, online schedules availability for processing applications, generation of Phyto-Sanitary Certificate (PSC), Import Permit (IP) and Import Release Order (IRO), MIS Reports for monitoring the application processing and creation of database on Import conditions as per the Plant Quarantine Order 2003.
32 Plant Quarantine Stations have been networked through dedicated leased line to NICNET for accessing the system. The system brings transparency in quarantine services, uniform adoption of standard procedures at all the PQSs and helps in minimising visits of traders at PQS to get the certificate issued.