SRINAGAR, JULY 25: On the instructions of Governor N.N. Vohra, the Government today ordered that the works/procurement costing upto Rs 10 lakh in the hard areas of Gurez, Karnah, Nubra (Leh) and Zanskar (Kargil) shall be exempted from e-tendering.
According to an order issued by the Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, the exemption shall be subject to certification of non-availability of internet facility in the concerned area by respective District Development Commissioner.
“However, the works/procurements of cost in excess of Rs 10 lakhs shall compulsorily be e-tendered in these areas,” it said adding that the order shall remain in force till such time the ceiling is reviewed by the Finance Department.
It said the relaxation was given in view of the representations received by the Finance Department, that areas of Gurez, Karnah, Nubra (Leh) and Zanskar (Kargil) remain cut off from the Kashmir valley for a period of six months due to heavy snowfall and due to poor network facility in these areas contractors are facing difficulties in uploading tender documents.
“The representations were considered in the Finance Department and the demand for exemption from e-tendering upto the limit of Rs 10 lacs in Gurez, Karnah, Nubra (Leh) and Zanskar (Kargil) has been felt genuine and justified,” said the order.