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Infra Projects Via Online Tenders In 127 Villages Now, Infra News, ET Infra


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GURGAON: A majority of panchayats in Gurgaon have passed a resolution to adopt the e-tendering system for carrying out development projects in their areas. There are 157 panchayats, out of which 127 have decided to adopt the online process.

Panchayats and the state government were earlier at loggerheads over its adoption after Haryana last year made it mandatory to conduct all work costing above Rs 2 lakh through online tenders. The decision was opposed by panchayats and they organised a series of protests. The government, in the second week of March, increased the limit for e-tendering from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

Before this, all panchayat work was carried out without tenders, and sarpanches used to award contracts as per their choice. The state made e-tendering mandatory in December 2022 to bring transparency and check corruption in the working of panchayats.

Deputy commissioner of Gurgaon Nishant Yadav held a meeting with panchayat secretaries on Monday, in which he said they will pass a resolution for development work costing above Rs 5 lakh after preparing estimates and process it through e-tendering by the end of March. “All block development officers will ensure that at least two projects are done through e-tendering,” Yadav said.

“Till now e-tenders were filed for 53 development works in Gurgaon, out of which tenders have been floated for 11,” district development and panchayat officer Virender Singh said.

Haryana has 6,127 gram panchayats, out of which more than 5,000 have passed resolutions for executing development works through e-tendering. The proposals for 9,418 projects costing less than Rs 2 lakh have been received from these panchayats.

The state has increased the honorariums of sarpanches from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 and panches from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,600. The honorariums will be linked with dearness allowances on the lines of government employees.

The state government is also planning to establish a social audit system to check the quality of development work carried out.


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