The Andhra Pradesh Government has made e-procurement compulsory for all government departments and public sector organisations in the State.
Speaking at a function to inaugurate the upgraded version of e-procurement system at the Department of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications in Hyderabad, State Information Technology Minister P Raghunatha Reddy said, “E-procurement is mandatory on the part of all government departments and public sector organisations in their purchases and auctions.”
The minister underlined that e-procurement brings transparency and reduces the cost of operation of the government departments.
Explaining the process, he said suppliers and bidders in the government departments must submit all tenders only through the e-procurement portal, besides making the payments online.
In the last financial year, the State Government departments conducted a whopping 43,055 transactions to the tune of Rs 17,247 crore via e-procurement, Reddy said.
State IT Secretary Pradyumna said his department is preparing to launch an advanced version of ‘Mee Seva’ app to provide all government services through telephone.
He said the application presently provides about 300 services, which would be soon made available via phone.
Pradyumna further said that payments under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and all social security pensions would be made through e-Pragati soon.