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This World Bank Working Paper titled "Assessment framework to monitor and evaluate e-government procurement systems in India" is prepared based on findings from assessment of 21 e-Government Procurement (e-GP) installations in India.
Assessment framework to monitor and evaluate e-government procurement systems in India (English)
This working paper elaborates on an assessment framework to monitor and evaluate e-government procurement systems in India. This is relevant due to the fact that many government agencies have sought to extend use of e-tendering system implemented in their organization to handle procurement in World Bank funded projects. The World Bank has developed a procedure to assess e-tendering systems for compliance to certain guidelines laid down by Multilateral Development Banks. The World Bank prefers to work with the Government of India in development of a robust mechanism for assessment of e-tendering systems instead of independently assessing e-tendering systems as has been done till date. The Government of India has already established a set-up under Standardization, Quality and Testing Certification (STQC) for assessment of e-procurement systems. From its assessment experience, the World Bank has found that the e-procurement applications deployed in many of the e-procurement installations assessed by the Bank were STQC certified, yet there were several issues with the e-procurement systems. A new concept model for assessment of e-procurement systems is proposed herein as an evolved version of the existing STQCs guideline to address the critical issues identified and the improvements suggested to the STQCs guideline. The assessment framework explained in this report could also be used as a vehicle to implement policy in other federated e-governance systems such as e-District and State Data Center (SDC). Therefore, the assessment framework concept explained herein has wider application in implementation of e-governance policy.