India: CCI calls for encouraging competitive practices in public procurement

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Ashok Chawla
Chairman, CCI
New Delhi: The Indian Financial Advisors and key officers handling the procurement aspects in the government have been advised to encourage competitive practices in public procurement and framing competitive coherent govt. policies. Inaugurating a Conference on “Curbing Deficit through Effective Competition in Public Procurement” in the New Delhi today, Ashok Chawla, Chairman of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) emphasised about the competitive imperatives required in the govt. policies in general. He also gave suggestions to introduce and increase competition and transparency in the procurement practices that could also help in reducing fiscal and revenue deficit of the government.

The Conference was attended by more than 100 representatives from more than 30 ministries/ departments of the Central Government. Notably, CCI has already organised workshop with Nodal Officers of Central Ministries/ Departments on Competition Coherent Government Policies earlier this year.

Ashok Chawla asked the procurement agencies to be alive to market information and optimise and maximise the bidders to ensure healthy competition. He also advised the procurement officers to be well aware of the technical specifications, tender process and ensure evaluation of the bidding process so as to have a competition compliant public procurement.
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