States may have to offer bids, compete now to get projects, events

Different weightage would be assigned to each parameter, to arrive at a cumulative score. The state with the highest score would be the winner for a particular project, institution or event.

Written by Amitav Ranjan | Amitabh Sinha & Anubhuti Vishnoinew Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2016 8:37 am
swiss Challenge method, Pm Modi,  Modi govt, Modi governmwent, NDA, UPA, swiss development method, swiss challenge, swiss private company contracts, Railway, infrastructure bids, developmental projects, gdp, india news, latest news, indian express The Challenge route has been widely used in recent years, with the Central government approving redevelopment of 400 railway stations via this method.

The Centre plans to introduce bidding among states for infrastructure projects, hospitals, educational institutions and for hosting national events. According to a communication from the Cabinet Secretariat, the NDA government plans to adopt the Swiss Challenge Method for “selection of location” for future IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, ports, refineries, LNG terminals and food processing units, as well as film festivals, national games and Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, among others.

Depending on the issue, states would have to compete over ease of providing land, extent of fiscal concessions, connectivity, provision of utilities, speedy statutory clearances, and quantum of employment to be generated.

Different weightage would be assigned to each parameter, to arrive at a cumulative score. The state with the highest score would be the winner for a particular project, institution or event.

“The basic intent of the Challenge Method is to provide a transparent, objective and merit-based decision-making process, that may be adopted for site selection across various sectors and to encourage competition among states to offer the best-suited sites and commit resources in terms of infrastructure support, financial incentives etc,” says the letter.

Each department has been asked to submit a list of projects, institutions or events under them with a matrix of indicative parameters and possible weight assigned to each parameter to the Cabinet Secretariat by this month.

The collated list would then be put up in the public domain for any state to start the bidding. A state’s original offer would be made public so as to invite competing counter proposals that would have to better the initial offer.

Under the Swiss Challenge Method, if a third party’s bid is more efficient, the first bidder is asked to resubmit a fresh bid. If the first bidder comes up with a better proposal, it gets the project, and if it fails, the one with the more efficient bid wins the project.

The Challenge route has been widely used in recent years, with the Central government approving redevelopment of 400 railway stations via this method. It has also been used by states to award roads and housing contracts.

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    indian
    Oct 17, 2016 at 1:08 am
    Well done. We need compeion to grow
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      MyTake
      Oct 17, 2016 at 12:34 am
      AKayia, Kanayia and even Rahulia will have to look for job now!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;May be they can look for some work in Bollywood as it needs some "extra" from time to time! These people can be very "good" comedian "extra"!
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        MyTake
        Oct 17, 2016 at 12:32 am
        Bright idea! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lazy b u m m e r s will be out in no time and will not get time to do polytricking and sickular work!!
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          MyTake
          Oct 17, 2016 at 12:36 am
          Now the sickulars can do as much vote bank politics as they want to their hearts and minds content! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People can even encourage they comedian to do that for a change for some fun!
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            Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
            Oct 17, 2016 at 2:02 am
            By the way is against the Consution to discriminate states.
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              Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
              Oct 17, 2016 at 5:19 am
              I love your analysis
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                Pissgt;Ongt;Brahmans
                Oct 17, 2016 at 2:01 am
                Terrible idea. This guarantees poor states will never be developed. I believe this goes against the Consution. The Consution says the nobody can be discriminated on basis on social status. Center cannot go against written rule of Consution
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                  C S
                  Oct 16, 2016 at 11:33 pm
                  While the idea looks good it should not result in the least developed states being left out in the location of projects, just because they cannot compete with the developed states like Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and TN. The criteria for selection have to tailored depending upon the projects/events.
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                    Sampat Bhore
                    Oct 18, 2016 at 5:32 am
                    Nice Idea!! There should be separate projects or else state like orissa and other will remain same for long time and they don't get anything. for project information look domexinfo
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                      Dr.D.T.subhash
                      Oct 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm
                      Excellent, efficient method. Good for nation with vote bank policy of most political parties.
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                        T DUTTA
                        Oct 17, 2016 at 4:57 am
                        TENDER PROCESS SHOULD START---------IT WILL STOP NEPOTISM AND POLITICAL FAVOURITISM-------SOMETIMES COALITION PARTNERS DEMAND PROJECTS AS A BARGAIN--THIS MUST STOP
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                          T DUTTA
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 5:00 am
                          THERE SHOULD BE SEPARATE TENDER PROCESSES FOR RICH STATES AND POOR STATES
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                            karkotagan
                            Oct 17, 2016 at 10:20 am
                            The Swiss Challenge method is lesser known procurement method because of its selection process is difficult. Also how is the government select subsequent bids for states which are not efficient in infrastructure but good at natural resources. Modiji please think of it.
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                              K N
                              Oct 17, 2016 at 4:32 am
                              Right move .Why precious resources should be wasted in inefficient regions .
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                                Manju
                                Oct 17, 2016 at 2:24 am
                                Why do not you shiiit on Mo*HAM**ed. It has word HAM in it.. google it
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                                  mumbikar
                                  Oct 17, 2016 at 5:57 am
                                  funny this government borrows ideas from the West and on the other hand the RSS and all its off shoots cry anti-western !!!! what hypocrites !!!! anyways only those states where adani/ambani invest will win !!!! we can now guess those states. corruption will than reach its peak of all time high !!!!
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                                    Manas Sarkar
                                    Oct 17, 2016 at 10:45 am
                                    good idea. Those states do only politics NOT development, will be backwards..
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                                      Niladrinath Mohanty
                                      Oct 17, 2016 at 2:52 am
                                      For whoever is trying to copy the idea from Switzerland I have a question. Has he seen if the regional / state wise disparities exist in Switzerland as in India and can the idea be copied in India with its disparities? By this method poor states while contributing to the central finance will remain poor and backward for ever because they can never be in a position to compete with the richer states. Is the idea being floated to benefit Gujarat and please the present Prime Minister? Mineral rich states like Jharkhand and Odisha will be victims of exploitation by richer states which is happening even now but the process will be accelerated. Regional disparities will increase.
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                                        Thelastword
                                        Oct 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm
                                        People crying about consution and bias against states probably do not understand the meaning of the word compeion. Compeion does not mean bias, it means 1) giving opportunities to people/organizations/enies that are the most capable 2) create a level field where everyone can identify the areas they lack in and upgrade themselves.lt;br/gt;This is how states will see where they are failing and will quickly work to get up to standards. The states which will not improve will lose out, the states that improve fast will get the project and provide tough compeion to the states with existing capabilities.lt;br/gt;The states with existing capabilities will constantly have to keep improving to higher standards so that they do not lose out to the fast improving compeors.lt;br/gt;This the best and fastest way for India and Indians to progress in the new world.
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                                          Pmg Pillai
                                          Oct 17, 2016 at 12:02 am
                                          The sysem mught geberte interest but stateslike Kerala where spoo feeding is thetrng thissstemmight not getanybeneft ony stesvr cte adwho cngeneremany fcilits by theirownniive this wil succebut not in kera datd monday Octir 16th 216 Time9539grs ust
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                                            PL
                                            Oct 17, 2016 at 1:00 am
                                            It is a good system, but will it succeed in India is doubtful. In India vote banks, vote from dalits or other casts will make it difficult for any Govt. to survive and centeral Govt will eventually fail and fall.
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