An autonomous government body, the National Productivity Council (NPC), and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, have been told they are not eligible to bid for the prestigious job of consultancy regarding revamping the competency of India’s bureaucracy, starting off with seven key ministries.
News18 was the first to report on May 31 about the government seeking to onboard a leading HR consultancy firm to study the organizational structures and the work allocation documents of seven key ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health, as part of the ambitious ‘Mission Karmayogi’ project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But at a pre-bid meeting with potential bidders earlier this month, the NPC, which is an autonomous body under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), strongly objected to the eligibility criteria which effectively rules it out of the race. IIM Ahmedabad expressed interest but discovered the criteria ruled it out too.
The government has stipulated the bidder must be incorporated and registered in India under Indian Companies Act, 1956, LLP Act, 2008 or Partnership Act, 1932 and operating for the last five years. NPC is registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. “We consider the nature of registration should have no impact on execution and delivery of the project,” NPC said at the meeting.