The state government, as part of its e-governance
initiatives and quest to improve transactional effectiveness
and sustain effective tendering process, has issued orders
for the implementation of e-procurement in four departments.
The departments include Andhra Pradesh Technology Services
Ltd (APTS); Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
(APSRTC); Commissionerate of Tenders (CoT) (covering Irrigation
and Command Area Development Department, and Roads & Buildings
Department) and Andhra Pradesh Health Medical Housing & Infrastructure
Development Corporation (APHMHIDC).
The e-procurement will be followed in irrigation and R&B departments
on a pilot basis in respect of project costing Rs 1 crore
and above, taken up with state government funds (including
Nabard and AIBP) and national highway works.
The government in its order GO MS No. 2, Information Technology
& Communication Department, dated March 15, 2003 stated that
all the existing rules applicable to the processing of conventional
tenders are applicable to the bids to be secured through e-procurement.
Works which are included in eprocurement tenders, however,
will not be received in the conventional method.
Any tender for an engineering work or procurement of goods
and services worth Rs crore and above by the Commissionerate
of Tenders shall be taken up only through the eprocurement
The government has decided that e-procurement processes would
be valid for procurement of goods and services, and also for
entrustment of contracts for engineering, IT and other projects.
The e-procurement initiative will be developed, operated and
maintained by a consortium led by M/S. C1 India. The Information
Technology Act, 2000 provides legal recognition for transactions
carried out by means of electronic data and other means of
electronic communication, commonly referred to as electronic