A unified law is viewed as a panacea for the current challenges in public procurement in India. In 2012, the Indian government attempted to create a statutory framework for public procurement by introducing Public Procurement Bill 2012. This Bill did not become a law and public procurement in India continues to be governed by a set of executive instructions. The central question remains: What should India's legal framework for public procurement be? This paper explores this question through a comparative analysis of the similarities and differences in procurement laws in four jurisdictions, including India. The objective is to identify fundamental rules that underpin well-designed procurement frameworks that will guide India's efforts to create a robust law for public procurement.
Reinventing India’s procurement laws: a global perspective, Diya Uday, XKDR Working paper 28, November 2023