To ensure maximum participation of vendors, the UT education department on Saturday eased the technical norms for procuring winter uniforms.
As per technical specifications of the department, all vendors were required to submit samples of the uniforms at the time of applying for tenders in government schools.
The samples were to be attached with clearance reports of the government laboratory.
But now, only vendors, who have received the supply order, are required to submit samples.
Non-submission of samples will lead to cancellation of the tender.
Director of public instruction (schools) Kamlesh Kumar said on the feedback provided by schools and vendors, the decision to simplify procedural norms were taken.
He said, “Submission of samples is important as it ensures that vendors supply uniforms as per the department's specification, but when only one bidder is to be shortlisted, all participants should not be asked to submit uniform samples as they consume a lot of time. We are sure that the change in norms will generate more response from vendors and we would be able to comfortably procure winter uniforms on time.”
According to him, there would be another check on shortlisted vendors.
After vendors supply uniforms to schools, the management committee in each school will inspect the goods supplied by the vendor, he said.
He stated that random samples selected by the committee would be tested at the government laboratory before distributing them to students.
“In case the samples fail, the supplier will not only be blacklisted, but his security will also be forfeited,” he said.
The department has already floated the centralised tender on behalf of 95 government schools for procuring winter school uniforms.
The department has invited interested suppliers to submit their bids to respective schools on or before September 27.
The department has also allowed them to submit their tenders to different schools at a common venue fixed at Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, but only before the last three days of the tender's last date i.e. from September 25 to 27.
Sources said the department was forced to issue the centralised tender after the first tender issued by respective government schools failed to garner adequate response from suppliers.
While schools require at least four bids to open tenders, many did not receive even one bid.