Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:19 AM IST

Public procurement norms applicable to PPP projects: DPIIT

 The government on Thursday clarified that public procurement norms to give preference to local suppliers are applicable to public private partnership (PPP) projects as well.

In an office memorandum, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) said it is “directed to clarify that the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017 is applicable mutatis mutandis to all procurement of government of India including public private partnership projects”.

The order was last amended on September 16, 2020 enabling departments to notify higher minimum local content requirement for Class-I & Class-II local suppliers which was earlier fixed at 50% and 20% respectively, aimed to promote make in India and make the country self-reliant.

“If any project has to be exempted from this order, the procedure prescribed in the order cited above shall be followed,” DPIIT said in the memorandum.

India had also added a reciprocity clause in the amendment made last year wherein foreign entities of countries which do not allow Indian companies to participate in their government buying will not be permitted to take part in domestic procurement. It also said that specifying foreign certifications, unreasonable technical specifications, brands and models in the bid document is restrictive and discriminatory practice against local suppliers.Source-PTI Inputs