JKCCC Hails Cap on e-tendering at Rs 10 lakh

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Central Coordination Committee of Contractors (JKCCCC) have hailed the decision of the government to fix the minimum amount for applying e-tendering at Rs 10 lakh.

The JKCCCC in a meeting said that government decision was a long pending demand of the contractors which would help in the developmental process.

“Keeping lowest limit for applying to tenders online was our long pending demand. Our demand was that Rs 20 lakh should be the minimum contract applying to tender online. Government has kept a minimum amount of Rs 10 lakh is also a welcome step and we hope that government would increase this cap to Rs 20 lakh,” said General Secretary JKCCCC Farooq Ahmad Dar.

Notably, the State government has in its recent order no PWDR&B-etendering2011-1783-488 approved the minimum limit for applying e-tenders at Rs 10 lakh.

Last month, the Legislative Assembly Pannel on Works which met under chairmanship of BJP legislative leader Chaman Lal Gupta had recommended Rs 10 lakh as a minimum contract amount for applying to contracts through e-tenders.

Dar said that e-tendering was not viable for Kashmir based contracts due to political unrest prevailing and lack of proper infrastructure here.

“e-tendering is only good when we have proper internet facility. Recently, we missed out on tenders worth Rs 30 crores due to the bad situation here as internet services were snapped in Valley,” said JKCCCC General Secretary.

“Now minimum limit of e-tenders at Rs 10 lakh would bring relief to contractors in Valley,” he added.

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