India to hold passport issuance tender

03/09/18

India's Ministry of External Affairs is seeking new bids for its passport issuance programme, according to local media.

Officials told the Economic Times last week that the ministry wants proposals for a 10-year tender, as an agreement with Tata Consultancy Services only runs until 2020. 

“The total transition is expected to take place in a period not less than 6 months. Hence, it is expected that a winning bidder shall take over by early 2020 and subsequently carry out their transition process in a smooth manner,” the document said.

A source close to the Ministry of External Affairs told the newspaper that Tata could re-bid for the project and that the project is open for other bidders as well. 

“This is an expression of interest. There is a meeting for interested bidders on Friday where they can come and clear their doubts. Then a formal ‘request for proposal’ will be issued. The terms of the new contract will be finalised then,” the official said. 

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