|“Government well within limits to specify tender conditions suiting its requirements”|
Notification attempted to exclude a majority of bidders from the process: petitioner
Rationale behind insisting on supplier having a manufacturing facility in India questioned
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has declined to restrain the Tamil Nadu Government from inviting and processing tenders for its smart card-based driving licence and registration certificates of vehicles at three regional transport offices in the State.
Justice V. Dhanapalan, before whom the writ petition filed by Zodiac.Com Solution Private Limited came up for admission on Tuesday, adjourned the matter to February 8 for further proceedings.
The project envisaged smart card-based driving licence and vehicle registration certificates for transport and non-transport vehicles, and the card was to contain information prescribed by other relevant rules as well.
The company assailed the Transport Department notification increasing the specification for the rewritable memory capacity of microprocessor chip from 4 kilo byte to 16 kilo byte.
Besides, it questioned the rationale behind insisting on the supplier having a manufacturing facility in India and ISO certification. The petitioner said the notification attempted to exclude a majority of bidders from the tender process and that there was only one company that would qualify as per the impugned technical requisites.
“The impugned notification bears a blanket and draconian criterion without application of mind and is arbitrary, discriminatory and against the settled principles of law,” the petitioner said, adding that the last date of submission of tender was January 30.
Besides the interim injunction restraining the authorities from proceeding further, he sought to quash the notification inviting tender for the project, to be introduced in the regional transport offices at Chennai (South), Cuddalore and Sivaganga.
Additional Advocate-General P.S. Raman, opposing any interim order against the scheme, said it was a pilot project and that the Government was well within its limits to specify tender conditions suiting its requirements.
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