September 28, 2020
On July 23, 2020, the Ministry of Finance, Government of India amended the General Financial Rules 2017 through the promulgation of an office memorandum-imposing restrictions on bidders from countries which share a land border with India on grounds of the national security of India.
In accordance with this order, any bidder from the country sharing the land with India should register itself with the Competent Authority, being Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), for the purpose of becoming eligible to bid in procurement of goods, services (including consultancy and non-consultancy services) or works (including turnkey projects) in India.
For purposes of this Order, “Bidder” from a country that shares a land border with India shall mean the following:
For the purposes of afore-stated paragraph “Beneficial Owner” shall mean the following:
The new provisions will apply only to new tenders and not where orders have been placed or contract has been concluded or letter/notice of award/acceptance (LOA) has been issued on or before this Order. In respect of tenders already invited, if the first stage of evaluation of qualifications has not been completed, Bidders who are not registered under the new Order will be treated as not qualified. If this stage has been crossed, ordinarily the tenders will be cancelled, and the process started de novo.
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