Advocate General Shrihari Aney informed a division bench of justices VM Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere that a government resolution dated October 30 has been issued setting up a policy 'Manual of Office Procedure for Purchase of Stores by Government Department'.
"Under the policy several categories have been formed setting out procedures that will have to be followed by the state departments before purchasing any items. Financial constraints have been set so as to reduce any allegation of corruption," Aney said.
As per the policy, the process of e-tendering has been made compulsory for any and every purchase. "If the purchase is between Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 per annum then e-tenders will have to be issued. If the purchase is between Rs three lakh to Rs one crore then quotations will have to be called before issuing tenders," Aney said.
He added that before any purchase is made prior approval of the state government is a must. "Proposals for any purchase will have to be submitted before February 15 every year and the same will have be sanctioned by the government before March 15. No sanctions will be given after March 15," the advocate general said.

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