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Samstag, 22.09.2018
eGovernment Forschung | eGovernment Research 2001 - 2018

After squandering an opportunity to set up an e-governance module under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) seems headed towards making the same mistake again under the Smart City Mission.

A proposal to request Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) to design and implement the e-governance project for CCP ran into stiff opposition at the last ordinary council meeting with the ruling panel refusing to grant permission to Smart City to take up the project.

Some councillors even proposed that CCP should try to implement the e-governance module by floating a request for proposal on its own. If the last attempt by CCP is anything to go by, it could end up in irregularities in the tender process, as pointed out by the accountant general in the 2014-15 report. “CCP got Rs 19.8 crore under JNNURM for implementation of an e-governance project and we even tendered it, but when the project was tendered we found irregularities in the request for proposal (RFP),” former mayor Surendra Furtado said.

CCP took up the e-governance project in January 2014 and awarded the contract to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). However, while the Union ministry of urban development had stipulated that 50 computers and 50 printers were to be procured, the tender was floated with a requirement of just 25 computers and 25 printers. The project was eventually shelved due to mismanagement and blatant discrepancies in the tender process, alleged Furtado.

“CCP does not have any knowledge to do an e-governance project and if Smart City is ready to do it, then they should give it to them,” councillor Pundalik Raut Dessai said.

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Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 02.09.2018

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