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No one bids for Akhilesh laptop scheme

For the second time,UPECL extends deadline for receiving bids — new date is June 20

For the second time,UPECL extends deadline for receiving bids — new date is June 20

In a first setback to Akhilesh Yadav government,the Uttar Pradesh Electronics Corporation Ltd (UPECL ) has failed to get even a single bid for the selection of a consultant for the much-hyped scheme of free distribution of laptops and tablets to school students despite two extensions of the deadline. The government has now set a new deadline of June 20.

The UPECL is the nodal agency for procurement of laptops and tablets. As a first step,the government had decided to select a consultant for the implementation of the project. The absence of response at the very first step has surprised officials.

The corporation had floated an e-tender for the selection of consultant last month and fixed June 9 as the last date for submission and opening of bids. Failing to get any response,it quietly shifted the deadline to June 15,but again there was no response. The deadline was,therefore,once again shifted to June 20. Now the officials are keeping their fingers crossed.

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“June 20 is the last date and if we do not get any bid even on this date then we might consider floating a new tender document with changes”,informed a senior government officer. The problem,however,is that in the absence of response,the officials do not know if there is any lacunae.

“Maybe,it is because too many tasks were set for a single consultant. But,it is too early to comment,we will wait till until June 20’’,said the official.

In the bid document,the scope of the consultant has been kept wide. The selected consultant is expected to take up the task right from the preparation of international bid document for selection of the suppliers,prepare the scheme for free distribution of laptops and tablets,take up monitoring and also do the final audit. The entire process was estimated to take nine to ten months. Now,it is stuck at the first step.

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Originally,it was proposed to complete the final bidding process for the procurement of tablets and laptops by September 15,and place the order to the selected supplier on September 22.

According to the bid document,the selected consultant is first expected to prepare schemes for three different activities,namely distribution of laptops and tablets till the district nodal officers,training of students,and establishment of repairing and maintenance centres at the block level. The documents for these schemes are to be prepared within one week of the selection of the bidder.

In the next step,the selected consultant is expected to prepare a draft “request for proposal” document for selection of the final supplier and place it before the Departments of Secondary Education and Information Technology,and make the final document after incorporating their suggestions. The consultant is also expected to do documentation of all activities during project period.

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Further,the consultant is expected to do monitoring of the distribution till the nodal officer’s level in each district. After distribution of all the laptops and tablets,the consultant is expected to do an audit of the supply and submit a report to the government.

The fee would be paid to the consultant in phases after completion of each stage,like the first 15 per cent will be released after the submission of the first request for proposal document,10 per cent after the approved document is issued,another 15 per cent on the selection of bidders,another 10 per cent on the start of supply of laptops and tablets,another 10 per cent when the supply completed in first 10 districts and likewise.

The final 10 per cent will be given at the submission of the final audit report on the completion of supply. Failing at any stage,the consultancy fee will be stopped.

Sources said if government failed to find a consultant,then it might be forced to select a government agency to do the job.

First published on: 18-06-2012 at 02:47:14 am
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