Trivandrum: In yet another move that could bring-in revolutionary advancements towards its ongoing efforts to ensure transparency in state administration; the IT Department has integrated an e-payment mechanism to its existing e-procurement system wherein bidders can make payment online towards tender document fees and EMD and Government can make online refunds of EMD amount to the unsuccessful bidders’ bank accounts in a time bound manner.
This is aimed at further enhancing transparency and for ensuring complete confidentiality and anonymity in the Government tendering process. The integration of e-Payment system will replace the present, conventional system of payment of tender document fees and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) through Demand Drafts. Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy will formally launch e-payment system in government procurements on April 17, 2013.
Acording to P H Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary – IT, GoK, “The newly introduced online payment system integrates e-payment to e-procurement, thereby ensuring complete confidentiality and anonymity in the tendering process. One of the key features of online payment mechanism for e-Procurement project is its payment mode.”
The bidders having account with SBT can now make online payments through SBT’s Internet banking facility. Bidders having account with other banks can also make payments through NEFT payment gateway of SBT.
Another advantage of e-Payment mechanism is that it facilitates online refund mechanism for unsuccessful bidders, straight into their accounts.
“The online payment for e-tendering & procurement also ensures faster and secure collection of amount by the Government as amount gets deposited automatically in a designated account”, says Dr. C Jayasankar Prasad, Director, IT Mission (KSITM). No paper work will be needed from Department users anymore, for remitting the amount from bidders to Government and back.
KSITM is the implementing agency for e-Procurement system across the State. Since its launch in December, 2011; 4,346 tenders valued at Rs.2,340 crores have been floated as on April 15, 2013. Around 2300 bidders have registered themselves on e-procurement system till date. KSITM has extended training to 1500 departmental users in user organizations.
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