Quetta: The Balochistan government has launched an e-tender portal for the first time in the country’s history to ensure merit and transparency in the tendering process, news sources reported on March 2. The provincial assembly enacted the e-tender policy through amendments to the Balochistan Procurement Authority Rules 2014.
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As per the amendment, the procurement agencies will use Electronic Public Procurement System (EPPS) developed by the e-tendering authority for the process. Following the launch of the e-tender portal, the authority will receive bids/tenders electronically, whereas, the interested companies will be able to participate in the bidding process remotely. According to the officials, under the amended rules, e-bidding will be done for any government work such as:
- Work worth more than PKR 50 million
- For goods purchases of more than PKR 5 million
- For services worth more than PKR 1 million
- For consultancy services of PKR 1 million.
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The tenders/bids will be opened online to maintain transparency and prevent favouring. The e-tendering/bidding will be utilised for all services and work required by the government agencies.