By: Bhat Imran
Srinagar: The government on Monday reconstituted a committee for purchasing of materials and furniture for the School Education Department.
Principal Secretary to the government for School Education Department, B K Singh said, “The UT level purchase committee shall exercise powers for purchase of materials, articles, furniture, etcetera subject to the conditions and stipulations set by the government.”
Singh in an order issued on Monday stated: “The committee shall exercise their powers as envisaged in the relevant chapter of the book of financial powers and all other rules.”
He also said that the committee shall ascertain the actual requirement of material, articles, furniture, etcetera in the institutions subordinate to the department or its subordinate units estimated for utilization on need basis.
“The committee shall formulate a list of material, articles, furniture as need to be referred to the purchase committee for fixation of rate contract and may exempt such items of proprietary character which are not involved in the process of open tender in terms of rules,” it reads.
The government also empowered the committee to constitute a sub-committee of experts of known technical capability and prudence or process to advise the committee on the nature, make and specification of the material, articles, furniture and other items configuration with the actual requirement of items involving technical know-how.
The order further reads that the committee shall put only those items to tender as enlisted by the experts indicating full description of the items together with the required specifications, weight, quality, make etcetera.
“Material can be procured on the basis of standards fixed by the experts, as per the actual requirement of the institutions where these items are required and the committee may utilize the services of the experts from the qualified agencies to determine the quality of the material or the product and the reasonability of rate vis-a-vis the quality and standard thereof,” it reads.