Client Query 179:- Hello, hope all is well at your end. Wanted to discuss that, it is submitted that for hiring of janitorial services, tender was publicized with the procurement method of single stage two envelopes. Financial bids of only technical qualified bidders were opened. Now in order to make comparison of services/quality, whether a procuring agency can award this contract to both i.e. the 1st & 2nd lowest bidder by distributing the work equally (50% work to each bidder) by asking the 2nd lowest bidder to work on the rates as quoted by the 1st lowest bidder.
Bushra Kashif, UK
Answer:- Thank you very much for writing to us. In order to make a comparison of quality of services, an organization was required to evaluate the service providers on the basis of their technical proposals. The ranking of the bidders is always based on their technical and financial bids. Obviously, lowest evaluated bidder conforming the evaluation criteria must have submitted the best technical and financial bid among the rest. In such a situation, the contract cannot be awarded to 1st and 2nd lowest evaluated bidders after matching of price by the later. Moreover, matching of price / financial bid by other bidders with 1st lowest evaluated bidder is not allowed.
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