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 Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw launches Policy & Portal of e-auction for Commercial earning, NFR Contracts

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Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw launches Policy & Portal of e-auction for Commercial earning, Non-Fare Revenue (NFR) contracts

On June 24, 2022, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Ministry of Railways launched e-auction for commercial earning, and Non-Fare Revenue (NFR) contracts, in Rail Bhavan, New Delhi (Delhi).

  • This launch was made to bring Commercial Earning and NFR contracts under the ambit of electronic auction through Indian Railway e-Procurement System (IREPS), in line with prevailing e-auction of scrap sale.

Key Points:

i.The e-auction for commercial earning will increase railways earning, and also enhance ease of doing business.

ii.The e-auction will be conducted online through the ‘E-Auction Leasing’ module of IREPS-

iii.The earning assets up for auction will be parcel vans, pay-and-use toilets, advertisement rights on station circulating areas and coaches, air-conditioned waiting rooms, cloak rooms, parking lots, plastic bottle crushers, ATMs, station co-branding, video screens for content on demand.

  • These assets will be mapped location-wise on the portal once and the system will remember forever if it is covered for earning or not.
  •  This will improve the monitoring of assets on a real-time basis and minimize asset-idling.

iv.Bidders can participate from anywhere in India through the portal. Remotely bid can be placed for management rights of an asset after depositing earnest money (EMD) electronically.

  • There is no financial turnover requirement for annual contracts upto Rs. 40 lacs.
  • It should be noted that currently participation in e-tendering physical registration with the field unit concerned.
  • In case any bid is received within last 2 minutes of auction closing time, then the closing time for the lot will be extended automatically for 2 minutes. 10 such auto extensions will be permitted to ensure adequate time for all bidders to submit their bids.

Pilot project for e-auction:

A pilot for the project was launched in 11 divisions of nine railway zones. A total of 80 contracts of a combined value of Rs 128 crore were finalized during this.

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About Ministry of Railways:

Union Minister– Ashwini Vaishnaw, (Rajya Sabha– Odisha)
Ministers of State– Raosaheb Patil Danve (Constituency- Jalna, Maharashtra), Darshana Jardosh (Constituency- Surat, Gujarat)