Published on 25 September 2018

Compendium of CVC Guidelines for Public Procurement

1. DEFINITION AND PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

1.1          Public Procurement can be defined as the procurement of goods, works and services by  Govt. Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Statutory Corporations and Public Sector Undertakings in the Centre,States, Municipal Corporations and other local bodies and by Private  Sector Undertakings providing public services.

1.2          Public procurement is like an extension of  personal procurement characterised by two key words i.e. transparency and fairness. When we take up any construction work for ourselves or make personal purchases or hire  any services, we always try to ensure that we get  value for money, good quality and timely delivery. In case of public procurement we have to go a little further i.e. ensure that procurement is done in a transparent, fair, and equitable manner.

1.3          The canon of Public Procurement is to procure work, material, services of the specified quality within the specified time at the most competitive prices in a fair, just and transparent manner.

1.4          In brief, the watchwords in this context are

  • Transparency
  • Fairness
  • Value for money
  • Quality
  • Time

1.5          Adhering to the canons of public procurement is in fact a tight rope walk involving  balance between transparent and fair action on one side and achieving timely delivery of quality goods at competitive rates on the other side. It is indeed more demanding to perform with the implementation of the Right to Information Act 2005,by  which all actions and decisions are open for scrutiny by public at large.

1.6          During Intensive Examinations of public procurements done by central public authorities, the CTEO, under CVO have observed a number of irregularities indicating that canons of public procurements have not been adhered to. Some of the irregularities are common in nature which can be easily avoided by being alert and vigilant through out  the process. Towards Preventive Vigilance, the Central Vigilance Commission has been issuing guidelines/instructions from time to time.

 1.7          CTEO, CVC has  published various instructions, guidelines, circulars and booklets enumerating various irregularities observed during  intensive technical examinations. All these circulars and publications are available on the CVC Web Site (http://www.cvc.gov.in).  

These instructions / guidelines have been compiled in to some categories  given below which can be downloaded.           

1. APPOINTMENT OF CONSULTANT- Download- 158 KB
2. SPECIFICATIONS- Download- 92 KB
3. PREQUALIFICATION CRITERIA- Download- 134 KB
4. NOTICE INVITING TENDER/PREPARATION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS- Download- 219 KB
5. PURCHASE PREFERENCE POLICY- Download- 118 KB
6. RECEIPT OF TENDERS- Download- 118 KB
7. BACK TO BACK TIE UP/AWARD ON NOMINATION BASIS- Download- 146 KB
8. TENDER NEGOTIATIONS- Download- 167 KB
9. CONSIDERATION OF INDIAN AGENTS- Download- 98 KB
10. ADVANCE PAYMENT- Download- 116 KB
11. ACCEPTANCE OF BANK GUARANTEE- Download- 98 KB
12. POSTING DETAILS OF AWARD OF TENDERS ON WEBSITE- Download- 136 KB
13. LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY- Download- 158 KB
14. DELAY IN PAYMENT TO VENDORS- Download- 190 KB
15. E-TENDERING/E-PROCUREMENT- Download- 203 KB
16. IT PROCUREMENT- Download- 154 KB
17. MISCELLANEOUS- Download- 282 KB
18. REPORTS/RETURNS- Download- 114 KB