Panel to assess if HP can provide 15 lakh laptops in 7 months

The Uttar Pradesh government is assessing the supplying capacity of Hewlett Packard (HP), which has quoted the lowest bid for supplying 15 lakh laptops that the government will distribute among students who passed Class XII in 2012 and are pursuing higher education.

If the government finds that HP has the capacity to make the complete supply according to its delivery schedule, then the firm could get the contract.

The assessment of the supplying capacity has to be done by a high-level committee formed under Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani. The matter has come to the table of the chief secretary after a technical committee, formed under the UP Electronics Corporation Limited Managing Director Prabhat Mittal, found that four companies qualified for supplying laptops.

According to sources, HP quoted a price of Rs 19,058, including duty and taxes, for each unit of laptop, HCL quoted Rs 21,983, Lenovo quoted Rs 23,919 while Acer made the highest bid of Rs 25,199.

Secretary to CM Alok Kumar said, "As HP quoted the lowest bid and offered to supply the complete order, a high-level committee has been formed to assess the supply capacity of the company."

Another official said, "If HP is found to have insufficient capacity, then it could, accordingly, get a contract to supply a reduced quantity of laptops and the remaining quantity will be divided among the bidders ready to offer the quantity at the rate quoted by HP."

According to the delivery schedule fixed by the state government, the selected bidder will have to supply 5 per cent of the ordered quantity within 60 days from the date of signing of the agreement. Another 5 per cent would be supplied in the next 30 days. The entire quantity of 15 lakh laptops has to be supplied in six instalments within seven months.

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