RBI pushes ‘Make in India’  for currency security features


Vastavam web: In a big ‘Make in India’ push, the Reserve Bank on Monday came out with fresh tender for currency security features, mandating that the supplier set up the manufacturing unit in the country within two years and gradually increase the local content.RBI cancelled two tenders issued earlier for supply of security features and fibre for currency notes in order to incorporate ‘Make in India’ as an essential requirement.”Bidder may note that their acceptance of the ‘Make in India’…is a mandatory requirement for considering the bidder eligible,”c said while inviting pre-qualification bids for supply of security features for Indian banknotes.
As per the latest tender document for security features for banknotes, the successful bidder will be required to set up the “manufacturing facility” in India within two years from the date of signing of contract and increase the local content in planned manner from the third year.It will also have to increase the domestic value addition to 35 per cent in the third year, 40 per cent in the fourth year and 50 per cent or more in the fifth year.The local suppliers are exempted from experience and past performance criteria, and average annual turnover requirement.
Further, the document said, operations of the bidder in Pakistan or China, if any, “should be suitably firewalled from the contract/ operations with India”.
Bidder will have to give undertaking that no Pakistani national or person of Pakistani origin would be engaged by the company for the project.