STQC-Certified for Full Compliance with DeitY-Guidelines

Acknowledgement of ElectronicTender’s Incomparable Product Superiority in the e-Procurement Space


BACKGROUND -- THE CHALLENGING REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT FOR E-PROCUREMENT:

The ‘e-Procurement Guidelines dated 31st August 2011’ issued by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), now called Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India, are the most ‘comprehensive and challenging e-procurement guidelines’ in the world, especially with respect to protecting ‘bid-confidentiality’ and ‘transparency requirements’ of the public procurement process.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) of the Government of India vide its circular dated 12th January 2012, and the Finance Ministry vide its Office Memorandum dated 3rd September 2012, had communicated to all Government Ministries/ Departments/Organizations to ensure security of their e-procurement systems, and to use e-procurement systems compliant with DeitY’s e-Procurement Guidelines and certified by STQC, a testing agency under DeitY, Government of India. The DeitY-Guidelines also encompass – relevant guidelines of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for e-Procurement; General Financial Rules (GFR) 2005; Information Technology (IT) Act 2000 (and its Amendment 2008).

THE DISTINCTIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF ELECTRONICTENDER:

On 18th January 2013, ElectronicTender became the FIRST organization to succeed in getting its e-procurement/ e-tendering software duly certified by STQC, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India, for – Full Compliance with DeitY’s e-Procurement Guidelines dated 31st August, 2011.



Copy of the STQC-Certificate dated 18th January 2013 issued to ElectronicTender

Certificate of Renewal-1

Certificate of Renewal-2

Certificate of Renewal-3

An article published in the 15th March 2013 edition of Dataquest, highlights the importance of compliance with ‘DeitY-Guidelines on e-Procurement’, ‘STQC Certification for Compliance with DeitY-Guidelines’, and the achievement of ElectronicTender.

SIGNIFICANCE FROM USER PERSPECTIVE:

  • Security related functionality in ElectronicTender’s software is such that nobody can ever point a finger at the Buyer organization and its concerned officers for any connivance relating to tampering of any important electronic record (as listed in DeitY-Guidelines), or for breach of 'Bid-Confidentiality', even if clandestine copies of the encrypted bids are made through spyware. Encryption methodologies used in ElectronicTender’s software are distinctive. Bidders can also rest assured about the preservation of the confidentiality of their bid-data till the ‘Online Public Tender Opening Event’.

  • The ‘Online Public Tender Opening Event’ related functionality of ElectronicTender’s software is unmatched by any competing system anywhere in the world. The highest standards of transparency incorporating various legal and transparency related nuances of the well-established public tender-opening processes have been implemented in ElectronicTender’s software in a user-friendly manner, keeping in view the letter and spirit of the DeitY-Guidelines.

  • The complete tendering process in the user organizations, from generation of requisition to award of contract (including electronic bid-submission, opening and processing) will get streamlined and become efficient, secure and transparent in a cost-effective way.