From: CUTS International
Role of Non-state actors in promoting Green Public Procurement
May 31, 2017
Public procurement rules in India are rather complex and a labyrinth of clauses and interjecting sub-clauses. In a diverse country like India, assimilation and dissemination of public procurement data is ridden by inefficiencies and imperviousness. The national government has tried to address the impervious nature through the General Financial Rules, 2005; the Public Procurement Bill, 2012; the Manual of Policy and Procedures for Procurement of Goods, Services and Works; and the recently amended General Financial Rules, 2017.
India is yet to differentiate its sustainable public procurement (SPP) with explicit mandates of green public procurement (GPP). So it is imperative to discuss GPP within the context of economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development in SPP. The initial intervention for creating legislation regarding GPP was in 2007 as part of the resolution by PM’s Council on Climate Change while attempting to adhere to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. However, in addition to the attempts by the government to streamline the procurement process, a substantial policy articulation is still required to make it clear as to the extent to which India would be willing to go along with the idea of GPP.
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