Around eight months after the civic body began revising its procurement policy in an attempt to curb malpractices like bid rigging, cartelisation during tendering processes, it has now finalised one of the key components of it – the integrity pact.
The integrity pact is a document that would require written commitments from both the bidders and the concerned civic officials stating their non-indulgence in any corrupt practices during the course of the tendering process and the duration of the contract.
The pact requires the bidder to disclose all the facts about the firm’s background including its financial standing, past offences or transgressions with any other civic department or organisation and also make commitments that no bribe shall be offered or solicited and that there would be no misrepresentation of data while filing bid documents.
“The integrity pact would ensure that a fair and transparent procurement process is followed. All the approvals have been sought and it is in the process of being implemented very soon,” said Ramesh Pawar, deputy municipal commissioner, central purchase department, BMC.
If any of the commitments are found violated during the course of the contract, the civic body also plans to take stringent measures to set a precedent. Depending on the nature of violation, the bidder can be disqualified from entering into further transactions with the BMC or the security deposit can be forfeited. “An independent authority shall be appointed to monitor and oversee the commitments made in the integrity pacts,” added Pawar.