Rural water supply schemes in J&K | Purchase panel to finalise pipe procurement SBD under JJM

Rural water supply schemes in J&K | Purchase panel to finalise pipe procurement SBD under JJM
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Jammu, Oct 27: The rate contract and approval of Standard Bid Document (SBD) for procurement of pipes under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) for rural water supply schemes in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will now be finalized by a purchase panel.

According to GAD Commissioner Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, the panel headed by the Development Commissioner Works, PWD will analyse and approve the tender evaluation report to be submitted by the concerned Chief Engineers before placing of supply orders to the manufacturers.

“Yet another Tender Evaluation committee would be responsible for all aspects of the tendering process, right from formulation of draft SBD prepared by Jal Shakti department, participation in pre-bid meetings, replies to queries, issuance of corrigendum or addendum necessitated, if any in consequence of pre-bid queries. It will also be responsible for opening of bids, evaluation of bids (technical as well as financial) and recommending of successful bidder(s) as per conditions of the Notice Inviting Tender (NIT),” GAD Commissioner said.

The Tender Evaluation committee will ensure compliance to the General Financial Rules (GFR) 2017 and Manual for Procurement of Goods, 2017 and the CVC guidelines in the entire bidding process. No advance payments would be made and the bids would be invited through e-tenders in terms of the Rule 160 of the GFR-2017, Dwivedi added.

In this connection, the government on Wednesday constituted a Union Territory (UT) level purchase committee, in pursuance of the Administrative Council decision No 102/14/2021 dated October 7, 2021 and MoM (Minutes of Meeting) of the Committee headed by the Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary) Finance department. The ACS-headed committee was constituted for finalization of modalities for purchase of pipes from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for execution of works under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

Besides the Development Commissioner, Works, PWD as chairman, the UT level purchase panel will comprise a representative of the Finance department (not below the rank of Additional Secretary); Director Finance, Jal Shakti Department, J&K; Director, Industries & Commerce, Kashmir; Chief Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Department, Jammu; Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti (PHE) department, Jammu; Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti (PHE) department, Kashmir as members.

As per the terms of reference, the committee will finalise and approve the Standard Bid Document (SBD) on the basis of the requirement submitted by the Chief Engineers.

“The Bid document will be framed in terms of Rule 5.1 of the Manual for Procurement of Goods - 2017. The Committee shall analyse and approve the Tender Evaluation Report to be submitted by the concerned Chief Engineers before placing of supply orders to the manufacturers,” Dwivedi ordered.

For the purpose, a Tender Evaluation committee will be framed by the Purchase Committee. Tender Evaluation committee will comprise Chief Engineer, Jal Shakti, concerned as chairman; Superintending Engineer, Jal Shakti (Mechanical) Procurement as Member Secretary. Its members will also include Financial Advisor or Chief Accounts Officer; Superintending Engineer of any Hydraulic Circle in respective province; representative from the Industries & Commerce department; Executive Engineer Material Procurement & Quality Control Division and Technical Officer to the Chief Engineer concerned.

“The Tender Evaluation Committee shall fix the technical particulars of the material to be procured in terms of rule 2.2.2 of the Manual for Procurement of Goods-20l7, which shall include scope of supply and end use required material, essential technical qualities like material composition, physical, dimensions and tolerances etc., requirement of BIS mark; packing, marking if any; warranty requirements and qualification criteria of bidders,” Dwivedi directed.

“The terms of payment shall be as laid down in Rule 6.3 of the Manual for Procurement of Goods-2017,” he said.

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