Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order 2017
Telecommunications Engineering Centre (TEC) is the ISO 9000:2008 certified technical wing of Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has identified TEC as the nodal department for implementing the provisions related to procurement of goods, services or works related to the telecommunication sector.
TEC provides technical support to DoT and other government departments and formulates Generic Requirements (GR) and Interface Requirements (IR) for telecom equipment, networks, systems and services to be deployed in Indian Telecom Network, on the basis of International Standards.
TEC has seven Core Technical Divisions which carry out the activities of formulation of technical requirements in harmony with the international standards, for telecom equipments, interfaces, and services. These activities are carried out by the Core Divisions, located at New Delhi in which all the major stakeholders also contribute actively. During formulation of above mentioned documents, ‘Test Schedule and Test Procedure’ (TSTP) are also prepared to carry out testing and certification of the equipment.
TEC also tests and certifies various telecom products for conformance to specifications, standards and its capacity to interwork in the existing network. Testing and certification activities are carried out zone wise by its four regional centres established at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore. As per various test schedules, TEC issues test certificates i.e. Interface Approval Certificate (IAC) against TEC IRs, Type Approval Certificate (TAC) against TEC GRs, Technology Approval Certificate to C-DOT against TEC GRs and Certificate of Approval (CoA) against Applicant’s own specifications.
DIPP has also encouraged “Make in India” and promoted the manufacturing and production of goods and services in India with a view to enhance income and employment.
The PPP-MII Order specifies the clauses which includes the process and their provisions for public procurement of Telecom Products, Services and Works; which are to be strictly followed.
The salient points of the D0T’s PPP-MII policy can be referenced via Annexure.
In terms of clauses 2, 3 and 11 of PPP-MII Order, the Department of Telecommunications has prepared a list of telecom products, services and works for their purchase preference from local suppliers for public procurement. The list of telecom products, services and works along with their Preference to Make in India (PMI) and their Local Content(LC) is in Table-A . The local supplier has to manufacture equipment from component level in India and also develop local vendors for procurement of raw materials, components and parts for increasing local content. The Department has identified conditions for the inputs to be qualified as Local Content and maximum ceiling for design as LC out of total LC which are in Table-B and Table-C respectively. The list of GRs/IRs of telecom products, services, works identified under PPP-MII order 2017 is in Table-D.
In terms of clauses 3(a) and 11 of the PPP-MII Order, it is declared that list of telecom product, services and works in Table-A have sufficient local capacity and local competition. It is hereby notified that the procuring entities will procure a minimum percentage as indicated under Preference to Make in India (PMI) of their telecom products,services or works requirements fulfilling Local Content (LC) criterion prescribed against each item as in Table A.
Clause 14 (a) of PPP-MII Order regarding powers to reduce the minimum local content below the prescribed level stands withdrawn from Ministries/Departments of Government of India and the Boards of Directors of Government companies or autonomous bodies. This power vests only with Standing Committee as constituted under clause 16 of PPP-MII Order.
DoT has also specified the format for Self-Certification regarding Local Content (LC) for Telecom Product, Services and Works.
Furthermore, the points in the order are clarified accordingly in the notification of the Telecom Products, Services and Works by DoT.