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C1 enables e-tenders worth Rs 40,000 cr

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Hyderabad , Feb. 2

C1INDIA, which has provided the Andhra Pradesh Government an electronic procurement platform to handle tenders worth about Rs 40,000 crore till date, now wants to expand within the state and outside.

The President and Chief Operating Officer of C1 India, Mr Vivek Agarwal told Business Line that the Andhra Pradesh Government had saved a lot of money by eliminating middlemen and reducing process time.

"We held discussions with the Union Cabinet Secretary, who indicated that a similar system would be ideal for other states, suggesting that by 2007 all states could potentially deploy this," Mr Agarwal said.

Mr Agarwal said that about 6,000 suppliers were registered with the system and it covers procurement from more than 40 departments. Efforts are on to complete the electronic procurement process for three other major users — Road Transport Corporation, AP Transco and AP Genco.

Besides transparency, the system has brought down the tender time from 120 to 36 days with the tenders varying from Rs 45,000 to Rs 2,800 crore in the case of irrigation projects, he said. The best part is that anyone can register from any remote place to participate in the tender, he added.

Since its implementation, in 2003-2004 the platform had handled tenders worth about Rs 1,982 crore, followed by Rs 15,600 crore in 2004-2005.

"Downloading of tender is free, but when a bidder participates, he has to pay 0.04 per cent as transaction fee. At times we find it tough to get this," he said.

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