Government Procurement Current Affairs
State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has announced that it will procure 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from Tata Motors. It is world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement.
EESL had selected Tata Motors through international competitive bidding for this procurement. Other companies, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan had also participated in the tender.
Tata Motors had quoted lowest price of Rs 10.16 lakh exclusive of GST in the competitive bidding. It will supply EVs in two phases with 500 e-cars in first phase in November 2017 and remaining 9,500 EVs in second phase. The EVs will be provided for Rs 11.2 lakh, inclusive of GST. It will also provide comprehensive 5 year warranty which is 25% below the current retail price of a similar e-car with 3 year warranty.
To carry out end-to-end fleet management of the procured vehicles for the concerned government customer, EESL will appoint service provider agency through competitive bidding. EESL will also be responsible for coordination between appointed agencies, monitoring and supervision, reporting, complaint redressal and payments.
EESL’s this move aims to make India’s passenger mobility shared, electric, and connected to cut country’s energy demand by 64% and carbon emissions by 37% in 2030. It will result in reduction of 156 Mtoe (million tonne oil equivalent) in diesel and petrol consumption pear year and net savings of roughly Rs 3.9 lakh crore by 2030.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
EESL was set up under Union Ministry of Power to facilitate implementation of energy efficiency projects. It is a Joint Venture of NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and POWERGRID. It also leads market-related actions of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE). It also acts as the resource centre for capacity building of State DISCOMs.
The Public procurement portal Government eMarketplace (GeM) and industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have signed a MoU to establish GeMSamvad, a GeM -Industry forum.
GeMSamvad aims to create awareness about online purchase of goods and services by government agencies and departments,
GeMSamvad will be a participative and collaborative approach with the industry for promoting Indian industry and entrepreneurship. The MoU will facilitate GeM and CII to work together to create GeM related awareness across the country.
The MoU facilitates establishment of GeM-Industry Forum for collaboration with the Indian Industry for seeking inputs on the technical specifications of products and service-level agreement of services to be procured by government agencies. It also calls for improving the quality of products procured from the MSMEs and organize annual Public Procurement Convention of all stakeholders. It also calls for setting up of GeM Resource Centres at CII Regional Offices.
About Government eMarketplace (GeM)
GeM is an online market platform to facilitate procurement of goods and services by various Ministries and agencies of the Government. It was established by Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal (DGS&D), Ministry of Commerce and Industries.
GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement. It provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government procurement. It is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-market place that enables procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.