Indian Railways have decided to start online tendering of all contracts related to civil works within a month’s time, to prevent corruption.
“The tendering system going digital, it will prevent crime and corruption,” he added.
It has been seen that the current system of tendering, which is opaque, has given rise to nepotism, corruption and crime. In practice, the local mafia pays around 23-25 percent of the cost of the contract and then sub-contract it to companies.
Minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha tkbsen
However, the move was met with stiff resistance. But the railways is determined to weed out corruption.
The ministry also recently launched e-governance platform to check and track maintenance and inspection.
“IT-enabled systems will ensure transparency and accountability and will also check time and cost overruns.”
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu Indiatoday
In addition, a one-man committee has also been appointed to suggest a set of procedures to be followed in tendering processes. It concluded that decentralization of the system and accountability could help in the economy.