New draft policy: reservation of 358 items dispensed with

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) The Government today came out with a draft policy for procurement preference, doing away with the existing reservation of 358 items for exclusive purchase from Micro and Small enterprises (MSEs).

The policy, presented before the members of the National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises here, will, however, make it mandatory for the Central Government Ministries, its departments, and PSUs under it to purchase at least 22.5 per cent of the value of their total purchases from MSEs owned by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

At least 10 per cent of the purchases will be procured from MSEs owned by women entrepreneurs, and at least 20 per cent from National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) as supplier.

The MSEs registered with NSIC under its single point registration scheme will be entitled to various benefits and facilities such as tender sets free of cost and exemption from payment of earnest money.

The NSIC, as supplier engaged in selling goods by MSEs, would help in procuring and executing tenders for bulk supplies for MSEs individually or by forming consortia.

Further, it has been suggested that the Central Government Ministries and Departments will not impose the restricted conditions for MSEs in their tenders.

The minimum turnover as one of the eligibility criteria for MSEs will not be incorporated in tenders because it restricts their participation.

Earlier, inaugurating the meeting, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Mahabir Prasad said though India had a policy for procurement preference, it was not being implemented properly.

''Hence it was felt necessary to prepare a draft procurement preference policy in consultation with all the stakeholders,'' he added.

After taking into consideration the suggestions from the members and the associations, a final Draft would be prepared, which would be sent to other Ministries for comments.

UNI

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