Few tenders for National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) eprocurement are hosted on the NTPC e-procurement website. All prospective vendors can participate in the open tenders through this website. Wherever applicable, vendors need to pay tender fee to be able to access the online tender documents and submit bids online.
The vendors need to obtain a valid user id to access the NTPC e-procurement portal. If existing suppliers to NTPC are interested in participating in the NTPC e-tendering process, they should write to firstname.lastname@example.org with their vendor code and other details mentioned in the form. New vendors who are interested in participating in NTPC e-tenders, must apply with a completely filled form A and a demand draft for open tenders at the NTPC office.
As per the Information Technology Act, 2000, suppliers have to buy a digital signature certificate, to bid for the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) e-procurement tenders. The certificates are available in two categories – Class 2 and Class 3. For the NTPC tenders, class 3 digital signature certificate is to be used.
Vendors can buy digital signature certificates online in India from licensed certifying authorities. A certifying authority (CA) is a trusted third-party organisation which is authorised to issue digital certificates. The certificates issued are used to create digital signatures and pairs of public-private keys. The CA also carries out a verification process of the individual’s identity before issuing a certificate. It may include checking with financial institutions such as credit card companies. The CA ensures that the individual/ organisation granted the unique certificate is who he or she claims to be.
Before bidding for NTPC tenders, the supplier has to install a valid class 3 digital signature certificate on the computer. The vendor will receive the digital signature in the form of an e-token and he/ she must follow these steps to check the signatures:
- The driver for the e-token must be installed on the computer. The driver can be found in the CD provided to the vendor or it can be downloaded from the website of the digital signature provider.
- Next, the digital signatures of CCA and the CA and sub-CA (if applicable) need to be installed. It can be found in the CD provided along with the digital signature or downloaded from the digital signature provider’s website. The vendors can contact e-sign for assistance in installation of the digital signature certificateat email@example.com
- After the installation, insert digital signature into the USB port of your computer. Select Tools >> Internet options >> Content >> Certificates
Tender fee payment for the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) e-procurement process:
The NTPC tender fee can be paid online at the vendors convenience. They can make the payment using the ICICI Bank payment gateway or by using a credit card. The fee can also be paid offline in the form of a demand draft. The DD has to be made in the favour of NTPC Ltd. of the requisite amount. Once the DD is received, the concerned NTPC official will authorise the bidder to process the bid invitation.