New Delhi: A Ministry or Department can procure certain non-consulting services in the interest of economy and efficiency under the basic guidelines provided in rule 199 to 206 of “General Financial Rules 2017” (GFR 2017).
Each Ministry and Department is competent to procure services at their level to meet seasonal or short-term requirements and centralised data is not maintained in this regard. This was stated by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.
The Minister said in his reply that there are detailed procedures laid down for procurement of such non-consulting services including e-procurement in Chapter 6 of the GFR 2017 and the “Manual for Procurement of Consultancy & Other Services, 2017”.
Ministries are competent to decide the mode depending on the nature of work and the nature of competency required. Any deviation or violation can be dealt by the Ministry appropriately. The wages for the persons engaged on contract/outsourcing cannot be less than the minimum wage fixed and notified by the concerned State Government.
The Government posts are regularly filled up in accordance with the recruitment rules. Each Ministry/Department is responsible for appointment of regular employees against vacant posts after completing all procedural formalities, the Minister informed the House