MUMBAI: The Narendra Modi-led government is looking to empanel five consultancies to help it implement the prime minister’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme that was launched earlier this month, a tender issued by the National e-Governance Division shows.
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The consultancies will work on technology and programme management for the initiative at the national level. “To meet the growing demand for design, development, implementation and large-scale roll out of e-governance applications under Digital India/e-Kranti, NEGD intends to empanel reputed consultancy organizations to accelerate not only the identification of new areas of use of ICT but to assist in all activities related to e-governance projects,” the tender said.
The empanelment will initially be for a period of two years, though that could be extended by a year. The consultancies will be paid on the time-and-materials basis but the government will prefer to pay them on the basis of outcomes, according to the tender. The government intends to hold a pre-bid meeting with potential bidders on Friday. The consultants are expected to be empanelled by the end of August.
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The technologies that the government wants the consultancies to work on include mobile solutions, collaborative digital platforms, cloud solutions, cyber-security solutions and IT solutions for rural areas.
The consultancies will also be asked to help with programme management such as preparing RFPs and templates, e-governance project monitoring, application security audit and bid process management.
ET had reported earlier this week that consultancies were benefiting from the government’s push to bring a level of professionalism in how it implements it flagship projects.
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Consultants have told ET that there has been a quantum leap in government engagements in the last few months. “The idea is that they want professional help in all parts of the delivery because these are their flagship programmes, it is what they will be judged on. They also want outcome-based services where you get paid based on what you deliver, that in itself is a change in government procurement,” a partner at a Big Four consultancy said. He declined to be identified because his firm will be bidding in the tender process.