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About the Project

 

Public Procurement Observatory: Need of the Hour

The World Bank (WB), after successfully trying the Public Procurement Observatory model in some countries, has come forward to implement this model in India with the objective of helping the state governments to enhance its Public Procurement practices and outcomes. In that backdrop, The WB has partnered with CUTS Institute of Competition and Regulation (CIRC, Delhi) to set a Procurement Observatory in Rajasthan at Jaipur, the state capital, which is an exigency.   The Public Procurement Observatory will develop the Key Procurement Performance Indicators, collect and analyse procurement data, policies, rules etc. and the implementation of the same in the State. It will also share the findings and the best practices with the other state governments and other stakeholders through workshops, seminars, website and other such means.  

Objectives

This observatory will impart public access to information and happenings in regard of current Procurement process, in order to ensure transparency and thus, trigger a mechanism of public watch. This intervention will enable learnings from past good experiences and path dependent developments in order to shed some light on the past failures and provide guidance for future reforms and innovations in the Procurement process in the State. Consequently, it will make the Procurement process cost-effective by advocating better practices for enhancing the process.  

Timeline

The time period of the Project is of one year starting from November 20, 2014 to November 19, 2015 and under the project two state departments, Public Works Department (PWD) and Health and Family Welfare have been selected for the intervention based on the overall budget of the procurement and importance of the department.  

Impact

The Procurement process of the selected departments is more transparent, accountable, ensuring fair competition among suppliers and contractors and boosting economy and efficiency on the whole Procurement system.

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