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E Procurement Has Potential To Eliminate Avenues For Corruption Murmu

E Procurement Has Potential To Eliminate Avenues For Corruption Murmu

Girish Chandra Murmu, as the Chair of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit (WGITA) on Tuesday said that E-procurement is a deterrent to collusion between officials and the suppliers, as a digital trail for every transaction is recorded. E-procurement has potential to eliminate avenues for corruption and rent-seeking in public procurement.

While addressing the e-seminar of the INTOSAI Working Group on IT Audit he said that e-procurement audit focuses on assessment of the fairness, cost efficiency, swiftness and transparency, the four main objectives of an e-procurement system.

Murmu informed the participants that in India, e-Procurement by Government is identified as a Mission Mode Project under the National E-Governance Plan with the objective to transform Government /public sector purchase activity from labor-intensive paper based activity to an efficient e-procurement process.  The two major public sector e-procurement platforms in India are the Government e-Procurement System of the National Informatics Centre (GePNIC) and the Government e-Market (GeM) portal.

He said that SAI India has prioritised IT audit of e-procurement platforms and systems for more than a decade. In the last 15 years, SAI India has audited many state-specific e-procurement systems. Recently, SAI India undertook an audit of the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal.

Murmu underscored the need for research activities by SAIs on themes such as, use of blockchain technologies for e-tendering and of big data algorithms for faster analysis of digital transactions and data from web platforms.

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During the virtual seminar, László Domokos, President of the SAO Hungary, delivered a video-recorded address to the participants highlighting significance of auditing e-procurement system. Besides, SAIs of Oman, Indonesia, Egypt and India shared experience on e-procurement efforts and their audit in the respective countries. The e-seminar provided an opportunity for the member SAIs of WGITA to discuss policy-related matters, address queries and exchange knowledge on auditing e-procurement system.

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