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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Now Pay Online While Booking LPG Cylinder

New Delhi: Consumers can now make online payment for the cooking gas or LPG cylinders at the time of booking.  This facility was launched today by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“Launched ‘Online payment facility’ for LPG refill to bring consumer convenience, transparency & cashless transaction,” Pradhan tweeted.  
Earlier, only online booking facility was available for customers of oil marketing companies (OMCs) namely Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum and consumers were required to pay cash to vendor on delivery of cylinders.
“PSU OMCs have now introduced the online payment facility for consumers at the time of booking their LPG refill cylinder so that they need not worry about leaving cash with their family members or attendants while taking delivery of the cylinder,” an official statement said.
This facility would bring great relief to the working couple as well as to senior citizens as they can make the payment online without bothering to keep adequate cash at home, it added.
The payment facility can be availed at www.mylpg.in which can be accessed in 13 Indian languages.
The OMCs have already implemented the refill booking facilities on IVRS, Web and SMS, portability of Gas connection, direct benefit transfer of subsidy for LPG to the bank account of consumers.  The minister also said that he has asked OMCs to offer easy instalment scheme for new LPG connection, open 10,000 new distributors in 2016 and add 10 crore new consumers by 2018 on the occasion.

E-tender must from April 1 for Governemtn purchases above Rs 2 lakh

Come April 1, all central ministries and public sector units will have to float e-tenders for procuring goods and services exceeding Rs 2 lakh, a move aimed at bringing transparency in government purchases. 
At present, e-procurement is mandatory for purchases of Rs 5 lakh or more. Government procures goods, services and work contracts. 
In January, the Expenditure Department had decided the tender value limit of Rs 10 lakh spent in respect of e-procurement would be brought down to Rs 5 lakh from April 1, 2015 and further down to Rs 2 lakh from April 1, 2016. As per its instructions it is mandatory for all central ministries, departments and Central Public Sector Enterprises, and autonomous/statutory bodies to publish their tenders on the Central Procurement Portal ( CPP) after a certain threshold limit. In 2014-15, about 3.81 lakh e-tenders were floated worth Rs 2.12 lakh crore. As per the latest data, in 2015-16 so far, 471,826 e-tenders have been floated entailing an amount about Rs 3.49 lakh crore. Bulk of the tenders are floated by Railways followed by Central Public Works Department (PWD) and defence PSUs.  In the current fiscal so far, 3.56 lakh tenders were floated for goods, about 93,000 for work contracts and 22,342 for services. 
Source : The Economic Times