To boost ‘Make in India’, Centre flags unfair tender norms

Source: The post is based on the article “To boost ‘Make in India’, Centre flags unfair tender norms” published in The Hindu on 6th January 2023

What is the News?

The Union government has flagged over a dozen restrictive and discriminatory conditions which prevented local suppliers from participating in bidding processes initiated by its various departments and Ministries. 

These conditions were in violation of the Public Procurement-Preference to Make in India (PPP-MII) Order,2017.

About the Public Procurement-Preference to Make in India (PPP-MII) Order, 2017

The Public Procurement-Preference Order of 2017 was issued to promote domestic value addition in public procurement. 

The policy provided for purchase preference to domestic manufacturers and service providers who complied with local content requirements in public procurement activities over entities merely importing to trade or assemble items. 

What are the restrictive conditions highlighted by the government in the PPP-MII Order, 2017?

The Government of India has highlighted over a dozen restrictive and discriminatory conditions which prevented local suppliers from participating in bidding processes initiated by its various departments and Ministries.  For instance,

-Foreign technical standards like “minus 25-degree temperature compatibility” for certain equipment procured for airports were incorporated to eliminate ‘Make in India’ products.

-Excessive turnover requirement as a pre-qualifying criterion, insisting on the specific experience of supplying products to other nations such as export to G-8 countries, were among other conditions that prevented the local manufacturers from taking part in the procurement process.

-In the procurement of IT, electronic and electrical products, foreign brands specify either for finished products or for part of scope of work.

 

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