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Finmin Asks Banks to Give Preference to Indian Firms for ATM Procurement

The finance ministry has asked banks to give preference to Indian manufacturers under the ‘Make in India’ initiative when purchasing ATMs. A finance ministry official said the directions are in accordance with the guidelines issued in 2017 by the then Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). “Banks have been directed to ensure compliance,” he said. DIPP has since then been renamed the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).
DIPP had directed all departments to evolve an internal system of vetting the restrictive and discriminating terms against domestic manufacturers especially included in the tenders they float with states. The extant norms also said there should be no criteria for bidders that would be advantageous to foreign manufactured goods. A bank executive said the move may help domestic ATM manufacturers, who number over 200,000. The Confederation of ATM Industries of India has in the past raised the issue that the revenues from providing ATMs as a service are not growing due to very low ATM interchange and ever-increasing costs. It has also said that 100,000 ATMs, including white-label ones (owned and operated by non-bank entities) ones may be shut down.
DPIIT is also looking to amend the public procurement order so that penal action can be taken against erring officials of procurement agencies if they discriminate against domestic suppliers in bid documents.
The Economic Times, 18th March 2019


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