The Union Ministry of Defence on 20 August 2017 has decided to delegate administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) right up to the level of Chief Engineer and Task Force Commander.
The step was taken to avoid delays on account of references between the Chief Engineer and Head Quarters Director General Border Roads (HQ DGBR) and also between HQ DGBR and the Ministry.
The Union Ministry of Defence intends to bring transformational changes in the BRO in order to improve the pace of execution of works and to achieve the desired outcomes according to the requirement of the Armed Forces.
Administrative Approval of Works: According to the earlier delegation of powers, a Chief Engineer in the BRO could give administrative approval of works only up to Rs. 10 crore, that too only for departmental works, whereas the ADGBR had powers to accord administrative approval only up to Rs. 20 crore for departmental works. For contractual works, all administrative approvals were given by DGBR, who had powers only up to Rs. 50 crore.
Now, the Ministry of Defence approved that, for both departmental and contractual mode of execution, a Chief Engineer of BRO can accord administrative approval up to Rs. 50 crore, ADGBR up to Rs. 75 crore and DGBR up to Rs. 100 crore.
Tendering Process: According to the earlier delegation of powers, a Chief Engineer in the BRO had the power to accept execution of contracts only up to Rs. 10 crore, ADGBR had powers up to Rs. 20 crore, beyond which all tenders had to be sent to DGBR.
To speed up the tendering process, the Ministry of Defence has now enhanced the powers of Chief Engineer for acceptance of bids with cost of contract up to Rs. 100 crore and that of ADGBR for cost of contract up to Rs. 300 crore. With this delegation, the entire tendering process including acceptance of bids would be completed at the level of Chief Engineer/ADGBR for a majority of the contracts.
Outsource of Consultancy Services: According to the earlier delegation of powers, a Chief Engineer had powers to accord administrative approval for outsourcing of consultancy services only up to Rs. 10 lakh, ADGBR up to Rs. 50 lakh and DGBR up to Rs. 2 crore.
The Ministry of Defence has now enhanced the powers of Chief Engineer to accord administrative approval for outsourcing of consultancy services up to Rs. 2 crore and ADGBR up to Rs. 5 crore and full powers beyond Rs. 5 crore to DGBR.
Procurement of Modern Equipment: As per the earlier delegation of powers, DGBR had powers only up to Rs. 7.5 crore for procurement of indigenous equipment and Rs. 3 crore for procurement of imported equipment. All other cases of procurement had to be referred to the Ministry of Defence.
In order to fast track the procurement of latest construction machinery and equipment in the BRO, the Ministry of Defence has enhanced the delegation of powers up to Rs. 100 crore to DGBR for procurement of both indigenous/imported equipment.
In case of emergent need for construction equipment, DGBR has been given full powers for hiring up to three years and for Chief Engineers (Project), powers have been enhanced from Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 5 crore and the period of hiring has been enhanced from 6 months to one year.
About Border Roads Organisation
• The Border Roads Organisation develops and maintains road networks in India's border areas and friendly neighbouring countries.
• It is staffed by officers and troops drawn from the Indian Army's Corps of Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Military Police and army personnel on extra regimental employment.
• At present, the organisation maintains operations in twenty-one states, one Union Territory (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), and neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.
• The BRO operates and maintains over 32885 kilometres of roads and about 12200 meters of permanent bridges in the country.
• Currently, the organisation is also involved in the construction of a tunnel at the Rohtang pass, which is estimated to be ready by 2019.
• The BRO is currently headed by Lt General Suresh Sharma who is the 24th Director General Border Roads (DGBR).
When: 20 August 2017
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