In exercise of power conferred on it by Section 55 of the Electricity Regulatory
Commissions Act, 1998 (Act 14 of 1998) the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission
hereby makes the following Regulations, namely -
1. Short title and commencement
(i) These Regulations may be called the Central Electricity Regulatory
Commission (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations, 1999.
(ii) These shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
(1) In these Regulations unless the context
otherwise requires -
(a) "Act" means, Electricity
Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998.
(b) "Commission" means the Central Commission constituted under Section 3(1) of
(c) "Consultant" includes any individual, firm, body or association or persons,
not in the employment of the Commission, who or which possesses or has access to any
specialised knowledge, experience or skill.
(d) "Officer" means an officer of the Commission.
(e) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Commission.
(2) Words or expressions occurring in these
Regulations and not defined herein but defined in the Act shall bear the same meaning as
in the Act.
3. Scope of Work
(1) Consultants will
not be normally appointed for routine day to day work for which staff is available.
(2) Consultants would be engaged for executing specialised tasks for
which skills are either not available within the staff of the Commission or where the
nature of jobs is specific and time-bound.
(3) Detailed terms of engagement will be drawn up in
each case and agreed to between the Consultant and the Commission
prior to award of consultancy.
(4) The terms of engagement would specify the exact nature of the tasks
to be undertaken by the Consultant, the time allowed for completion of each task and the
specific outputs that are to be provided by the Consultant in relation to each task.
4. Period of engagement
Consultants will be engaged for the minimum
period required. In no case will the maximum period of engagement exceed two years.
5. Categorisation of Consultants
(1) Individual consultants will be
categorised into three groups based on their expertise and experience, as per the table
Note: In the case of lawyers, Accountants
and Engineers, the minimum educational qualifications will be the relevant professional
(2) The Commission may in appropriate case,
for reasons to be recorded in writing, relax the minimum educational qualifications
keeping in view the overall expertise and experience of the person being considered for
engagement as Consultant
6. Fees & Other Charges
(1) A consolidated fee at the rates
mentioned below would be payable for each category of individual Consultant.
(2) No other payments apart from the
consolidated fee will be paid except an additional amount to cover contingencies, which
will be capped at an amount of 10% of the fees payable.
(3) Where the Consultants has to incur
expenditure on travel and stay at a place away from the normal place of residence, the
Commission will reimburse DA by allowing an additional expenditure in lumpsum as indicated
in the table below. The number of days on which this lumpsum will be payable will be
determined as appropriate in each case. The cost of travel will be separately reimbursed
by an appropriate class of travel, which will never be lower than that permitted for a
Grade A gazetted officer of the Government of India.
Fee Per Man-day
Lumpsum per day for Daily Allowance
(4) These regulations
regarding fees payable will also apply to former and retired Government servants engaged
(5) In the case of an institutional
consultant the rates for different categories of individual consultants will be used to
determine the reasonableness of costs allocated to consultant time in the proposal. In
addition to the costs for consultant time a maximum of 10% of the fees payable will be
allowable for overheads on account of office expenditure like telephone, photocopying,
fax, expenses etc. The limit for contingency in the case of institutional consultant will
be 10% of the fees payable for consultant time besides the amount allowed as overhead for
7. Appointment of Consultants
(1) TOR for the appointment of Consultants
for specific tasks will be prepared by an officer of the Commission and will be submitted
to the Secretary for seeking the approval of the Commission.
(2) The Secretary will ensure that
budgetary provision exists for the proposal prior to putting the proposal up for
consideration by the Commission.
(3) The scope of the services described in
the TOR shall be compatible with the available budget.
(4) The Commission may decide either to
invite combined technical and financial proposals or separate technical and financial
(5) The Commission will prescribe the
minimum qualifying mark for the technical bid
(6) After approval of the TOR by the
Commission, the Secretary will cause the Request for Proposals to be issued inviting
proposals from interested consultants, ensuring that appropriate publicity is given in
each case. It will not however, be necessary to go through the process of issue of public
advertisement particularly where the value of the fee is below Rs.2 lakh in each case.
8. Request for proposals
The request for proposal shall include the
(a) A letter of invitation
stating the intention of the Commission to enter into a contract for provision of a
consulting services, the source of funds, the details of the plan and the date, time and
address for submission of proposals.
(b) Information to Consultants shall contain all necessary information
that will help Consultants prepare responsive proposals by providing information on the
evaluation process and by indicating the evaluation criteria and factors and their
respective weights and the minimum pre-qualification score.
(c) Terms of reference shall be prepared to define clearly the
objectives, goals and scope of the assignment and provide background information including
a list of existing relevant studies and basic data to facilitate the Consultants
preparation of their proposals. If transfer of knowledge, training is an objective the TOR
will detail the number of staff to be trained. TOR shall list the services and surveys
necessary to carry out the assignment and the expected outputs (for example reports, data,
surveys etc.) linked to each task in the TOR.
(d) Draft contract as per Performa in
9. Receipt of proposals
(1) Enough time shall be allowed for
the Consultant to prepare and submit their proposals. While the time allowed shall depend
on the assignment, it will normally not be less than two weeks, during which period firms
may seek clarifications about the information provided in the TOR.
(2) The Commission may decide to extend
the deadline for submission of proposals, as deemed appropriate by it.
(3) No amendments to the technical or
financial proposals shall be accepted after the deadline except before a negotiating
committee appointed by the Commission. The proposals shall be submitted in sealed cover.
Where the Commission prescribes that separate technical and financial proposals to be
submitted they shall be submitted in separate sealed envelops.
10. Evaluation of proposals
Proposals will be evaluated both on the
basis of quality as well as cost. Where the Commission decides that proposals are to be
evaluated separately on technical and financial basis, the evaluators of the technical
proposal shall not have access to the financial proposals, until the technical evaluation
11. Technical Evaluation
(1) Technical evaluation will be done by a
committee nominated by the Commission taking into account the following criteria. Each
criterion shall be marked on a scale of 1 to 100 and then the marks for each criteria
shall be weighted to become average technical scores. Weights in the following ranges will
be used by the technical committee with the approval of the Commission to calculate the
weighted average technical score for each proposal :-
Range of Weights
Consultants relevant experience for the assignment
0.10 to 0.20
The quality of
the methodology proposed proposed
0.20 to 0.50
qualifications of the key staff proposed
0.30 to 0.60
The extent of
transfer of knowledge to the staff of the Commission
0.00 to 0.05
Note: The mix of weights approved by the
Commission must total to 1.
(2) Where the assignment depends critically
on the performance of the key staff the proposal shall be evaluated on the qualifications
of the individuals proposed to be appointed using the following criteria:-
(a) General qualifications: General
education and training, length of experience, positions held, time with the consulting
firm as staff, experience in developing countries etc.
(b) Adequacy for the assignment: Education,
training, experience in the specific sector, field, subject and relevance to the
(c) Regional Experience: knowledge
of the administrative system, organisation and culture at the local / regional level.
(3) After the technical evaluation is
completed the Commission shall inform those Consultants whose proposals did not meet the
minimum qualifying mark or were considered non-responsive to the terms of reference and
their financial proposals will be returned unopened after completing the selection
process. Simultaneously, those Consultants who have secured the minimum qualifying marks
shall be informed about the date and time for opening the financial proposals giving
sufficient time for the Consultants to be present at the opening should they so desire.
12. Financial Evaluation
(1) The financial proposals of the
pre-qualified Consultants will be opened publicly. The proposed prices shall be read aloud
and recorded in a minute of the public opening.
(2) The Secretary will cause a review of
the financial proposals to be done. Arithmetical errors will be corrected. the cost will
be converted to a single currency using uniform selling (exchange) rates.
(3) The proposal with lowest cost will be
given a financial score of 100 and other proposals given financial scores that are
inversely proportional to their prices.
13. Evaluation of financial and
(1) The total score shall be obtained by
weighting the technical and financial scores and adding them. The weight for the financial
score shall be as prescribed by the Commission in each case taking into account the
complexity of the assignment and the relative importance of quality. However, the weight
will never exceed 0.3 for the financial score in any case.
(2) The Commission may appoint a
negotiating committee to enter into both technical and financial negotiations. Where
technical negotiations are conducted they will be completed prior to pre-qualification of
the Consultants. Financial negotiations can be entered into for any aspect of the
financial proposal including the unit rates for staff months, contingency amounts; lumpsum
reimbursement of travel and living expenses and payment terms.
(3) The Commission may reject all proposals
if they are found to be unresponsive or unsuitable either because they represent major
deficiencies in complying with the TOR or they involve cost substantive higher than the
14. Single source selection
Single source selection shall be used only
in exceptional cases where it is appropriate and represents a clear advantage because the
tasks represent a natural continuation of previous work carried out by the Consultant, or
where a rapid selection is essential, or for very small assignments where the fee payable
does not exceed Rs.2 lakhs in each case or where only one firm is qualified or has
experience for the assignment
15. Selection of individual Consultants
(1) Individual Consultants will be employed
for assignments for which teams of personnel are not required, no additional outside (home
office) professional support is required and where the experience and qualifications of
the individual are the paramount requirement
(2) Individual Consultants will be selected
on the basis of their qualifications for the assignment. They may be selected on the basis
of references or through comparison of qualifications among those expressing interest in
the assignment or approached directly by the Commission. Capability will be judged on the
basis of academic background, experience and as appropriate - knowledge of local
conditions, administrative system and government organisation.
16. Conflict of interest
Consultants shall not be hired for any
assignment that would be in conflict with their prior or current obligations to other
clients or that may place them in a position of not being able to carry out the
assignments objectively and impartially.
17. Saving of inherent power of the
Nothing in these provisions shall bar the
Commission from adopting a procedure which is at variance with any of the provisions of
these Regulations, if the Commission, in view of the special circumstances of the matter
or class of matters and for reasons to be recorded in writing, deems it necessary or
expedient to depart from the procedure prescribed in the regulations.
18. General power to amend
The Commission may at any time and on such
terms as it may think fit amend any provisions of these Regulations for the purpose of
meeting the objectives with which these Regulations have been framed.
19. Power to remove difficulties
If any difficulty arises in giving effect
to any of the provisions of these Regulations the Commission may, by general or special
order, do anything not being inconsistent with the provisions of the Act which appears to
it to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of removing the difficulties.
ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT made on this
__________ day of___________ of one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine BETWEEN
_______________ of _________________ of the one part and the Central Electricity
Regulatory Commission (herein after called "the Commission") of the other part.
WHEREAS the Commission has engaged the
party of the first part as a Consultant and the party of the first part has agreed, to
provide the consultancy services to the Commission, on the terms and conditions
NOW THESE PRESENTS WITNESS and the parties
hereto respectively agree as follows:
1. The party of the first part shall
submit himself to the orders of the Commission and of the officers and authorities under
whom he may from time to time be placed by the Commission
2. The party of the first part shall
complete the assignment as contained in Annexure 'A" within a period of____________
commencing from _____________
3. The party of the first part shall
be paid as under :
4. The schedule of payments shall be
as under :
5. No TA/DA shall be admissible to
the party of the first part for local journeys in connection with the consultancy
6. The party of the first part shall
not disclose to any unauthorised person any information and data that may be supplied to
him by the Commission or by any other organisation, under the directions of the
Commission. All such documents shall be the property of the Commission or any information
that may have come to his knowledge directly or indirectly by virtue of the assignment
7. The party of the first part
undertakes that this assignment shall not be in conflict with his prior or current
obligation to other clients nor shall it place him in a position of not being able to
carry out the assignments objectively and impartially
8. In case of any default on the
part of the party of the first part in completion of the work within the time schedule
agreed to between the parties as herein above, the party of the second part shall be at
liberty to get the work completed from any other agency at the risk and cost of the party
of the first part.
9. In case of any differences or
disputes between the parties arising out of this Agreement, it shall be referred for
arbitration of a person nominated by the Commission. The proceedings shall be subject to
the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996, as amended from time to time.
10. The payment of fee to the party
of first part shall be made by the Commission after the deduction of tax at source in
accordance with law for the time being in force.
11. The Commission reserves its
right to foreclose, terminate or cancel the engagement of the Consultant without assigning
any reasons. In such cases party of the first part shall be paid remuneration after taking
into consideration the part of work completed prior to such foreclose, termination or
cancellation of the engagement as may be decided by the Commission, and the decision of
the Commission shall be conclusive and binding. The remuneration so fixed and paid shall
be deemed to be the final payment in such cases.
12. In respect of any matter for
which no provision has been made in this agreement, the provisions contained in the
general instructions of the Government on the subject of engagement of consultants shall
In witness whereof the party of the first
part and _________ to the Commission on behalf of the Commission have hereto put their
hands the day and the year first above written.
Signed by ______________the party of the
first part in the presence of _____________
Signed by ___________the said to the
Commission for and on behalf of the Commission in the presence of ____________
SANJEEV S. AHLUWALIA. Secy.