In a twist to
A Beijing-based security printing firm recently picked up the bid document. However, it is not known whether it was a government undertaking or a private company.
Meanwhile, sources said that the Government of India undertaking, Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India (SPMCI), picked the tender copy. This company was awarded the MRP contract by the incumbent government on March 19, but it was later scrapped on April 11 following directives from Public Accounts Committee and pressure from leaders of ruling and opposition parties. Besides the cost factor, the deal landed in controversy after a confidential letter written on
In the letter, Sood had raised
Two Chinese private companies at that time had expressed interest and forwarded applications to the Foreign Ministry.
The Foreign Ministry came up with a new tender on May 18, open to all interested firms with a more “relaxed format”. The new tender paper has not barred any country from taking part in the process. “The tender is open to international security printing companies of all countries,” it reads.
HOW THE BALL ROLLED
Early 2009 : Govt asks MoFA to start bidding
Jan. 16 : Indian Foreign Minister arrives
March 23 : Govt signs deal with SPMCIL
Feb. 25 : PAC orders bid resumption
March 19 : Govt gives contract to
April 7 : SC issues stay order on deal
April 11 : Govt withdraws the deal
(Originally published at http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2010/06/02/top-story/new-delhi-beijing-bid-for-mrp/208942/)