India to hold passport issuance tender


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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