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E-Procurement Portal has been set up for providing state-of-the-art e-Procurement services in India to Govt. Departments, Public Sector Organisations and Large Private Sector Enterprises. This e-procurement portal comprehensively addresses almost every nuance of the formal Public Procurement process having ‘Legal’, ‘Security’ and ‘Transparency’ related significance.
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Key Learning: Dos and Don’ts:
Functionality of E-Procurement application includes -- Multi-stage, Multi-envelope Sealed-Bidding (including two-stage tendering process as per CVC Guidelines. The system offers added functionality of e-Reverse Auction, e-Forward Auction, and e-Catalog system, integrated with the core sealed-bid e-Procurement system.
To incorporate such unmatched ‘Security’ and ‘Transparency’ related features, this application uses ‘Symmetric Pass-Phrase’ for bid-encryption (i.e. bid-sealing), as distinct from using Public-Key (i.e. PKI) of TOE officer for bid encryption. While PKI is excellent for electronic/ digital signatures, its use for data-encryption (i.e. bid encryption in the context of e-procurement) is quite useful.
Opportunities and Challenges:
As this application is fully compliant with – IT Act 2000; CVC Guidelines on e-procurement (especially CVC Circular No. 18/04/2010 dated 26th April 2010); the e-Procurement Integrity Matrix of Transparency International India (TII); Government of India’s e-Procurement Guidelines issued in August 2011 by STQC, Department of IT, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India; and ‘Recommendations for Encryption Policy’ u/s 84A of the IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 by the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), regarding ‘Data Encryption’ (i.e. bid encryption in the context of e-procurement), getting a secure environment has always remains a priority and along with all this learning keeping the system running presents both opportunities and challenges.
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