CVC was set up in 1964 to prevent corruption on the recommendations of the committee. CVC has really changed the face of Indian government tenders by imparting more truth and transparency in the entire process of tendering.
CVC Guidelines for Tenders
For the selection of e Procurement services CVC has said that proper Indian tender should be published for e tendering and the service provider should not be selected on a-hoc basis. This guideline is w.e.f. 1st Jan 2009.
Further working on the area of improvement, CVC has tried to stop the cost escalations by awarding Indian tenders on time. The Central Vigilance Commission has said that tender should be opened, assessed and awarded according to the specified time, which is mentioned in the tender document. This has been done to reduce the cost of escalation.
Efforts have also been made to impart the transparency in the procurement of Indian government tenders and its entire process. For this adoption of Integrity Pact has been recommended in all PSU except for banks. In Government tenders, most of the time the contractor submit fake documents of Bank Guarantee and Government has no proper checks and mechanism to detect this. In order to avoid this CVC has made it compulsory that Original Bank Guarantee should be sent directly by the bank through registered post. If the original Bank Guarantee is not possible to send then the bank should post duplicate copy to the Government for Indian tenders.
Post tender negotiation offer leads to corruption. In order to avoid this the Central Vigilance Commission here has made it compulsory that there should be no post tender negotiation especially with L1 with few exceptions like procurement of proprietary items, items with limited sources of supply and items where there is suspicion of a cartel formation. Also counter-offers where decision to at acceptable price has to be made can be negotiated.
All government services will be done through government tenders and CVC made the tendering for government compulsory.
CVC has also made the use of technology mandatory to improve the vigilance. The order for this has been issued on 2th June 2010.
Relaxation in the guidelines of Indian tenders is not acceptable and discouraged however time to time some relevant modifications can be done in this case.
Also the time of tendering cannot be exceeded except for certain issues where it can be increased by giving the explanations in written. If this is not done then new procurement procedure have to be followed.
The guidelines for Indian tenders by CVC are issued in their manual and you can also check these guidelines online in the website.