Shillong, Oct. 29: In a bid to increase transparency, a daylong state-level workshop for Meghalaya government officials on Government e-Procurement System of NIC (GePNIC) was held here today.
The programme was organised by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Shillong, in collaboration with the state information and technology department, government of Meghalaya.
Speaking on the occasion, chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat said, “Government e-Procurement System of NIC aims at transparency and non-discrimination among bidders, by allowing free access to tender documents, secure online bid submission and access to bid opening event to all from any place at any time using the system through the Internet.”
He said, “The workshop would help expedite the implementation of e-tendering and e-procurement system in different state government departments, which would save a lot of time and reduce the cost implementation,” he added.
The NIC, under the Union ministry of communications and information technology, has developed the e-Procurement software solution — GePNIC — to cater to the procurement of tendering requirements of the government departments and organisations. The solution is generic in nature and can easily be adopted for all kinds of procurement activities such as goods, services and work by government offices.
Under the e-procurement system, registration of government officials and bidders in different roles, tender creation and publishing, publishing of corrigendum and decisions of pre-bid meeting, online bid submission, resubmission, withdrawal, and online tender opening and decryption of bids, can be made.