With large number of UT government schools having to float tenders for the procurement of school uniforms again, a delay in distribution seems imminent.
Last year’s procurement was marred by similar delays. With nearly 50% of the city’s 106 schools unable to attract requisite bids, thereby forcing them to float another tender, the process is bound to be delayed further, affecting the final distribution, said education department sources.
Since the overall procurement process takes 2-3 months, these schools would not be able to distribute school uniforms until August-September, almost towards end of the season. UT education department’s guidelines mandate that schools must get at least three bids before they open the tender process.
The department, meanwhile, continues to appear unconcerned about the schools’ struggles. A senior official from the department said since schools were responsible for procurement of uniforms, they should handle the situation on their own if they failed to get a response from suppliers.
Before 2013, education department made a centralised purchase of uniforms for all schools, but this responsibility was entrusted to government schools since March last year. Schools were asked to procure the uniform according to their requirement according to department guidelines, which includes a process of seeking tenders.
GMSSS-8 refloated its tender on Wednesday asking for a fresh financial bid by May 27, while GMSSS-27 sought bids by May 29. Many other schools would issue tender notices on Wednesday as the de par tment had only sent a notice in this regard on Wednesday.
“Government Model High School, Sector 34, will refloat a tender on Thursday and try to place the orders before the summer vacations,” said GMHS-34 head Vinod Sharma.
Meanwhile, schools that managed to get the mandated bids placed their orders on Tuesday.
While these schools claimed that they would distribute uniforms by the first or second week of July, it depends on the timely delivery of the uniforms, after which it has to get a technical clearance from a gover nment lab before distribution. Last year, a Mumbai-based supplier failed to deliver unifor ms of several schools on time.