An amendment has been made in the Uttarakhand Procurement Policy 2017 to adopt the changes made by the Centre.
The changes under rule 144 of General Financial Rules, 2017 of the Centre mentions, “Notwithstanding anything contained in these rules, Department of Expenditure may, by order in writing impose restrictions, including prior registration and/or screening, on procurement from bidders of a country or countries, or a class of countries, on grounds of defence of India, or matters directly or indirectly related thereto including national security, no procurement shall be made in violation of such restrictions.”
The Union government in October 2020 had tightened the eligibility criteria for public procurements of contracts which were invited by Centre and states from bidders of nations sharing borders with the country like Pakistan and China. As per the provisions, the firms of countries, which share a land border with India, would have to provide details of outsourced parts, goods and sub contracted works and services, technical issues, country of origin and specification of manufacturers.
Notably, Uttarakhand, which shares an international border with both China and Nepal, had in the past passed orders to ban the use of Chinese products in its official works.