100-year GoI public procurement arm shuts down

Q.  Commerce Ministry closed down its nearly 100-year-old public procurement arm called ___________
- Published on 16 Nov 17

a. DGS&B
b. DGS&D
c. DGC&A
d. DGP&T

ANSWER: DGS&D
 
100-year GoI public procurement arm shuts downThe commerce ministry closed down its nearly 100-year-old public procurement arm–the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D)-on October 31.

The closure of the DGS&D, which traces its origin to London during the British raj, follows setting up of the government e-market (GeM) platform last year for public procurement of goods and services.

About 1,100 of its employees are being shifted to different departments, including income tax, while the senior officers are likely to be accommodated in other branches of the government. DGS&D assets, which were present across the country, are transferred to the Land and Development Office of the urban development ministry.

The directorate has four regional offices, including Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. It has 12 Purchase Directorates.

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