Indian Ordnance Factories (IOFS) is an industrial organisation, functioning under the Department of Defence Production of Ministry of Defence, Government of India. It is engaged in research, development, production, testing, marketing and logistics of a comprehensive product range in the areas of air, land and sea systems. OFB comprises forty-one Ordnance Factories, nine Training Institutes, three Regional Marketing Centres and four Regional Controllerates of Safety, which are spread all across the country.
IOFS is a multi-disciplinary composite cadre consisting of technical – engineers (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics), technologists (Chemical, Metallurgical, Textile, Leather) and non-technical/administrative (Science, Law, Commerce, Management and Arts graduates). Technical posts comprise about 87% of the total cadre. The doctors (Surgeons and Physicians) serving in OFB belong to a separate service known as the Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service (IOFHS). IOFHS officers are responsible for the maintenance of health of the employees, and the hospitals of OFB. They report directly to the IOFS officers. IOFS and IOFHS are the only two civil services under the Department of Defence Production.
To streamline the IOFS e-procurement process, a portal has been created. Vendors who wish to participate in OFB tenders have to register at https://ofbeproc.gov.in. All tender invitations are uploaded on the Indian Ordnance Factories e-procurement system.
If a vendor supplies to multiple factories, he/she can select any one category during the enrollment process. Once the enrollment is approved by OFB officials, the vendor can update his/ her profile to include other factories or work areas.
It is mandatory for Indian vendors to enter TAN number and PAN number, in the registration form. During registration, the company’s official email ID must be used. Communication related to tenders and corrigendum will be sent to this email id.
Vendors can submit bids for IOFS e-tenders by filling online forms. Data provided by vendors is stored in an encrypted format on the OFB servers. The encrypted data is secure and cannot be viewed by unauthorized persons. Even OFB officials can view the bids only after the date of opening for the specific tender.
Tenderers can submit more than one bid against a tender. The latest quotation will supersede previous bids against the tender. The older bids will remain unopened in the system and OFB officials will not view the details. Only the latest bid will be considered valid. For some tenders, vendors may be asked to submit their bids in paper along with electronic bids. If there is a difference in the bids, the electronic bid shall prevail.
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