TCIL – An e-Procurement/ e-Auction Service Provider in India
Telecommunication Consultants India Limited (TCIL), a Public Sector Enterprise under the Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, is one of the Application Service Providers (ASP) of ElectronicTender® in India. TCIL has setup an e-Procurement/ e-Auction portal using the software of ElectronicTender for rendering e-Procurement/ e-Auction services to multiple other Government entities. TCIL’s portal is hosted at its own Data-Center in New Delhi.
A Purchasing-Entity can register on TCIL’s e-Procurement/ e-Auction portal, https://www.tcil-india-electronictender.com , for conducting ‘online’ their ‘Sealed-Bid tendering processes’ in the most Secure and Transparent manner. The system offers added functionality of e-ReverseAuction, e-ForwardAuction, integrated in a streamlined manner with the core sealed-bid e-procurement system
TCIL’s portal is ‘Ready-to-use’. A Purchasing-Entity can itself (ie through its own authorized officers) configure the portal to align with its tendering policy and procedures without any need for long-drawn customization. Different Purchasing-Entities registered on the same portal can have different e-tendering policies as per their respective requirements
Powers and controls of the concerned officers of the Purchasing-Entity for handling the core tendering processes will remain in the hands of the existing duly authorized officers of that organization, and will not get transferred to personnel of the e-procurement service-provider
Bid-encryption methodology is so robust, that no vendor/ bidder would be able to point an accusing finger towards the Purchasing-Entity and its officers for ‘breach of bid confidentiality’ prior to the Public Online Tender Opening Event
The ‘Public Online Tender Opening Event (TOE)’ functionality in the system is ‘not limited to mere opening of bids online’, as in many competing e-procurement systems. Every requirement of a properly conducted TOE in the manual system, with security and transparency related significance, is available in the TCIL-ElectronicTender system. So, no vendor/ bidder would be able to point an accusing finger towards the Purchasing-Entity and its officers for not conducting a comprehensive and transparent ‘Public Online Tender Opening Event’
Even in the e-Auction system, the duly authorized officers of the concerned Government organization would themselves conduct the e-Auction without any interference of the service-provider, ie TCIL
The Security and Transparency related functionality (specific to Public Procurement) inbuilt in ElectronicTender’s e-Procurement / e-Auction software is currently unmatched by any competing system in the world.