Electronic Government Procurement in India: A Framework Analysis of Access to Knowledge and Access to Opportunity

Journal of Electronic Government Vol. 1 No. 3

36 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2009 Last revised: 14 Oct 2014

Sandeep Verma

Department of Science & Technology

Date Written: November 31, 2006

Abstract

A number of attempts have been made in India to bring about reforms in public procurement to address the deficiencies on the twin parameters of “access to knowledge of tender opportunities” and on “access to opportunity for participation by bidders”. Electronic Government Procurement (EGP) involving use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) is one of the new solutions proposed that promises to enhance efficiency and transparency in utilisation of public funds, and a number of projects have been introduced in various departments and corporate agencies of the federal and provincial governments to facilitate this process. This paper examines the existing law and practice of EGP in India as a case study for A2K issues, with a view to evaluate the availability and access to knowledge of impending contracts and tenders; availability of capacity and opportunity to participate; and opportunity to contest decision-making under some of these projects. This analysis is made given the underlying issues of regional dispersion of technology; legal foundations of electronic procurement policies; impact of public-private participation for service delivery; participants’ knowledge of the bidding process; data protection and right to privacy of sensitive commercial information; fairness and availability of arbitration and dispute resolution mechanisms; and other access and opportunity issues. The paper looks at both the gains made and the distortions introduced by this electronic process, and then suggests a forward course of action incorporating the changes that could be made to improve the existing laws and regulatory practices relating to EGP from an access viewpoint.

Keywords: India, Electronic Procurement, Government Procurement, EGP

JEL Classification: K12, K23

Suggested Citation

Verma, Sandeep, Electronic Government Procurement in India: A Framework Analysis of Access to Knowledge and Access to Opportunity (November 31, 2006). Journal of Electronic Government Vol. 1 No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1464697 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1464697

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