The Integrity Pact is applicable for HPCL Tenders and Contracts of value above Rupees 1 Crore
Throughout its functioning period, HPCL has upheld the important features like total transparency, integrity and accountability. The virtues are integrated into the system as prerequisite for achieving its Vision of becoming a major integrated energy major. HPCL's business relationships with its numerous domestic and international contractors and vendors of goods and services are steered constantly towards a well thought of direction with high transparency and ethical standard as guiding lights in the transaction process.
HPCL also supports The UN Global Compact's ten principles among which a prominent one is "Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery". HPCL has taken up the charge to translate this ideal into business practice. It is all about being able to look beyond business, into the domain of initiating real changes.
HPCL has been among the first Public sector units to sign an MOU with Transparency International India (TII) in July 2007 for the implementation of the integrity Pact in procurement processes and contracts. The Integrity Pact has come into effect from 1st Sept 2007. The Integrity Pact is applicable for contracts of value above Rupees 1 Crore. The Integrity Pact and the appointment of Independent External Monitors (IEM) has been conceptualized to usher in greater transparency in the purchase process. Apart from ensuring a higher level of transparency, the process is also beneficial for resolving dispute through the IEM.
Under the above mechanism IEM(s) is/are appointed by HPCL in consultation with TII and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). The implementation procedure is full of co-operation and monitoring of standard. HPCL has effortlessly stood the test of time to emerge as the organization with integrity and commitment to transparency.
Brief profile of the IEM(s) is as under:
Shri Ramesh Chandra Panda
Shri Ramesh Chandra Panda was appointed as an Independent External Monitor of the Corporation under the Integrity Pact by the Chief Vigilance Commission vide its letter dt. September 11, 2013. Shri Panda is a retired IAS Officer. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972 and served in different assignments in India and the State Governments of Tamil Nadu & Orissa.
He has represented Government of India in 35th, 36th& 37th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission and UNSIAP & UN ESCAP Conference on Strategic Planning for National Statistical Office. He has held positions such as Administrative Member, Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench and Secretary to Government of India of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises as well as Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.
Shri Jyoti Swaroop Pandey
Shri Jyoti Swaroop Pandey was appointed as an Independent External Monitor of the Corporation under the Integrity Pact by the Central Vigilance Commission from January 02, 2017 for a period of three years. Shri Pandey is a retired IPS Officer. He joined the Indian Police Service in 1976 and served in different assignments in India and decorated with the Indian Police Medal in 1995 & President’s Police Medal for distinguished services in 2002.
He was appointed as Chairman of Uttarakhand Police Reforms Commission post retirement in 2012-13.
Shri Kata Chandrahas
Shri Kata Chandrahas was appointed as an Independent External Monitor of the Corporation under the Integrity Pact by the Central Vigilance Commission from January 02, 2017 for a period of three years. Shri Chandrahas is a retired IRS Officer. He joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1976 and served in different assignments in India.
He has served at various levels in the Income Tax Dept. at various places, Under Secretary in the Ministry of Finance & retired as Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai. He also worked as Insurance Ombudsman, Hyderabad, having jurisdiction over Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka, post retirement from October 2009 to October 2012.
Contact Address for the IEM(s):
C/o The Company Secretary,
HPCL, 6th Floor,
17, Jamshedji Tata Road,
Tel: 022 22863611,22045223
Fax: 022 22841573
The Salient Features of the Integrity pact include:
- The Commitment of HPCL and bidder / contractor to take all measures necessary to prevent corruption
- Disqualification from tender process and exclusion from future contracts in the event of misconduct disregarding the "Integrity Pact"
- The provision of compensation for damages
- Declaration by the bidder with reference to any previous transgression
- Equality in dealing with of all bidders / contractors / sub-contractors
- The provision of filing criminal charges against bidders / contractors / sub-contractors that violate the 'Integrity Pact'
- Provision of Independent External Monitor (IEM) to oversee the bidding process, award of contracts and the progress of the contract. The assurance of highest possible transparency