Government amends Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order, 2017. The order states that, “entities of countries which do not allow Indian companies to participate in their Government procurement for any item, shall not be allowed to participate in Government procurement in India for all items related to that nodal Ministry/ Department, except for the list of items published by the Ministry/ Department permitting their participation”.
Govt. further highlights that specifying foreign certifications/ unreasonable technical specifications/ brands/ models in the bid document is restrictive and discriminatory practice against local suppliers. Govt. also specifies that, “if required foreign certification stipulated only with the approval of Secretary of the Department concerned”.
In addition, Govt. directs that all administrative Ministries/Departments whose procurement exceeds Rs. 1000 Crore per annum are required to notify their procurement projections for the next 5 years on their respective website.