Bihar has become the first state in the country to respond to the Central Vigilance Commissions recommendation to sign an integrity pact with Transparency International,a watchdog against corruption,to ensure fair play in tendering,bidding and implementation of major projects.
The Bihar State Road Development Corporation (BSRDC) will be the first state PSU to sign the pact this month. Only 44 Central PSUs have till now signed the pact.
With BSRDC signing the agreement,the proposed Rs 2,400-crore Ganga Path a 20-km road along the river at Patna on the lines of Mumbais Marine Drive will be the first mega project coming under the scanner of TI. The project is now at the bidding stage.
Confirming Bihars decision,TI Executive Director,India,Anupama Jha told The Indian Express that though TI mainly worked as a watchdog on a companys procurement,which includes technical competence and credibility of bidding companies,the main job was to deal with complaints of favouritism. We always have to ensure that we get involved much before the beginning of a project so that a system does not pre-decide on any company or consultant, she added.
BSRDC managing director Pratyay Amrit said having a pact with TI would only get us the best in the business.
Integrity pact is a formal agreement between a government authority/private buyers and the bidders for contracts and it establishes rights and obligations between parties
In case of proven default,TI can cancel the MoU,and the name of the company in question may be posted on its website as a defaulter. Implementation of the pact is reviewed annually
Integrity pact was developed during 1990s by Transparency International to help governments,businesses and civil society,which are prepared to fight corruption in the field of public contracting
On May 18,2009,CVC laid down guidelines for the adoption of integrity pact for all PSUs. On June 16,2009,Department of Personnel and Training issued a circular to chief secretaries of all states to adopt the pact in state PSUs