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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is eProcurement ?
e-Procurement is the process by which the physical tendering activity is carried out using internet and associated technologies. 
2. What is the aim of CPPP ?
The primary objective of the portal is to provide a single point access to the information on procurements made across various Ministries / Departments and all the organizations under them. All user departments and agencies would be required to link up their individual portals with this centralized procurement portal. May please refer the Office Memorandum dated 30th November 2011 issued in this regard by Department of Expenditure.
3. What all would be available in CPPP ?
CPPP will eventually contain all tender enquiries floated by any central government organization. It will have all circulars / GOs / OMs. It will have links to various sites related to eTendering.
4. What is expected out of any Government department in this portal ?
All government departments are expected to upload all tender enquiries, its corrigendums and award details after the bid award on to the site. 
5. What is ePublishing ?
The process of uploading the details of tender enquiry, its corrigendum and award details on to the CPP portal after login in to the portal with login ID and password. 
6. When is it mandatory to adopt ePublishing ?
It will be mandatory for all Ministries / Departments of the Central Government, their Attached and Subordinate Offices, Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and Autonomous / Statutory Bodies (hereinafter referred to as “procuring organizations”) to publish their tender enquiries, corrigenda thereon and details of bid awards on the CPP Portal using e-Publishing module with effect from the following dates: 
-Ministries / Departments and their Attached and  Subordinate Offices – 1st January 2012 
-CPSEs – 1st February 2012
-Autonomous statutory bodies – 1st April, 2012
7. What is Procurement ?
Procurement is one of the most important activities in all government departments and lots of government fund is spent towards procuring goods / works / services through various types of tenders across the country.
8. What is eProcurement ?
e-Procurement is the process by which the physical tendering activity is carried out using internet and associated technologies. 
9. What is Digital Signature Certificate DSC ?
Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are drivers' licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as a proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver's license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.
10. Why is DSC required ?
Like physical documents are signed manually, electronic documents, for example e-forms are required to be signed digitally using a Digital Signature Certificate. Transactions that are done using Internet if signed using a Digital Signature certificate becomes legally valid.
11. What are all the requirements to use CPP portal ?
For a user who has to upload tender enquiries to the portal, the basic requirements would be to get a Login ID created by filling up the user creation form. 
12. Who will create users ?
Nodal officers of each department will create users for that department who would have the roles of tender creator / publisher, as per the need.
13. What is the basic infrastructure requirement to use CPP portal ?
The complete backend hardware and software support for implementation of the system will be from NIC. The user department has to make provisions for the front end infrastructure such as desktop system, printer & scanner, NICNET/ internet connection.
14. How and where do I get Help to use CPP portal ?
First level help can be obtained by calling the Help line number available on the site. Mails can be sent to cppp-nic@nic.in. A demo site athttp://demoeproc.nic.in is available for practicing and training.
15. How will I get my user account created ?
User accounts will be created by the respective Nodal Officers.
16. What if my tenders are already published in tenders.gov.in ?
All tenders published in the portal tenders.gov.in will appear in this CPP portal automatically. It need not be published again here.
17. What if tenders of my department are published in our own web site ?
Provisions will be made to port the relevant information called the meta data of all the tenders published in various other government sites. Initially the users will have to inform to NIC their website address where the tenders are published at present.
18. What are the steps needed to adopt eProcurement ?
A detailed user manual for proceeding towards eProcurement is available in the site.
19. When will one have to move to eProcurement from ePublishing ?
It is expected that user departments will move to eTendering from 1st April 2012 in a phased manner. Detailed instructions for this will appear in the site from Department of Expenditure.
20. Who is a Tender Publisher ?
Tender Publisher is an official who will verify the correctness of the tender being published and has been assigned the role for Tender Publishing in the CPP Portal. 
21. Who is a Tender Creator ?
Tender Creator is an official who has been assigned the role for Tender Creation in the CPP Portal. 
22. Where do I find training materials or user manuals ?
All User Manuals and training materials will be available in the Home Page of CPP portal.
23. What is meant by role ?
Role is the activity assigned to a person to be performed in his official capacity.The assigned role can be for Tender Creation, Tender Publishing, Tender Opening, Tender Evaluation, Auditing, etc. At ePublishing stage, only Tender Creation and Tender Publisher roles are required.
24. Who is a Nodal Officer ?
Nodal officer is the key person who drives the implementation of the project in their Ministry / Department / Organization. He also creates users for his organization.
25. What kind of training support can be expected ?
NIC will schedule training programmes at Delhi during the month of Jan 2012. Users can register for these training programmes.