Government of Haryana has done away with key qualification criteria of ‘turnover’ and ‘experience’ for Startups participating in public procurement process. The notification ‘Concessions/ Benefits in Public Procurement to Startups/ First Generation Entrepreneurs in the State’ was released by the State Department of Industries & Commerce on 3rd January 2019. According to the notification, startups will be treated at par with the MSEs in public procurement process subject to meeting other technical specifications as part of qualifying requirements for the procurement.
Startups based in the state, having turnover of less than INR 25 crore, would be eligible to participate along with big companies. As per estimates, around 750 startups are likely to benefit with the relaxation in norms. As per estimates, around 750 startups are likely to benefit with the relaxation in norms.
Additionally, if their quoted prices are within band of L1 (lowest bidder) plus 15% or in plain terms if Startup quoted prices are higher by 15% as compared to the lowest bidder and Startup is ready to match with the lowest bidder, they will be eligible to bag the contract subject to fulfillment of other terms and conditions.
Besides this, the government has exempted the startups from payment of tendering fee and Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) subject to conditions as per eligibility.