Challenges in Implementation of E-Procurement in the Indian Government

Challenges in Implementation of E-Procurement in the Indian Government

Ramanathan Somasundaram (National Institute for Smart Government, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-947-2.ch159
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Abstract

In this chapter, the concept of e-government procurement (e-GP), as it is being implemented in India, is explained. Furthermore, a set of six challenges encountered during implementation of e-procurement is discussed in depth. The six challenges discussed in the chapter are: lack of skilled personnel; multi-departmental implementation; inadequate IT and networking infrastructure; challenges in implementation of state-wide system; the need to regulate e-procurement market; and replicating best practices in federal state setup. A practitioner’s perspective is adopted to write this chapter. While this chapter deals specifically with e-GP in India, certain aspects of it can be generalized to e-GP implementations elsewhere in the world. Such generalization is possible since government procurement is driven by the same set of principles such as efficiency and transparency.

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