Frequently asked questions

Why should we choose NISG?

NISG is a consulting organization operating in the area of e-governance advisory and digital transformation to both central and state Governments in India. NISG strives for excellence and prides itself in generating value for clients. Since our inception in 2002, we have successfully worked on moe than 100 projects with central and state governments including multiple Mission Mode Projects (MMPs), the Passport Seva , e-VBAB Network, MCA-21 and e-Biz, and have experience working across 4 countries in Asia and Africa.

Why doesn’t NISG bid? Why does NISG not respond to tenders or Request For Proposals (RFPs)?

NISG’s vision and mission statements place emphasis on the Public Private Partnership. In order to achieve the vision and mission, partnering with the private sector is an essential element of NISG’s functioning. Therefore, bidding for projects against private industry players creates a scenario contradictory to NISG’s founding objectives.

Is there any documentation that proves NISG has been offered projects on nomination?

While NISG is unable to present a document outlining the projects we have been nominated to undertake, aligned with our RTI obligations, our Portfolio Section outlines previous projects we have worked on for the central and State governments and public sector undertakings. On request, we will be happy to share the relevant documents that offer support to us being awarded projects on nomination basis.

Why Nomination of Not for Profit under GoI and not RFPs?

Selection of a Not-for-Profit Agency under GoI (MeitY), through the process of Nomination / Screening committees is an established mechanism that has been practiced for the last 2 decades. In fact, consulting, project monitoring and staffing for most of the successful MMPs has been carried out by Not for Profit agencies under GoI such as Prime Minister’s dashboard DISHA, Passport, MCA21, e-MIGRATE, etc.
One of the pre-conditions of RFP is clear scope boundaries, however projects at their conceptualisation and initiation stage and projects that require rapid growth the boundaries of scope can’t be defined at the very beginning. Further the entire RFP process is:

- Cumbersome & procedurally overloaded
- Once the scope for the RFP has been finalised, the Ministry/Department has limited avenues to make changes in the scope even if the project needs change over a period
- The entire process is time consuming and takes at least 5-6 months
- Ministry/Department has limited control in RFP process to select & deploy the right consultants as the onus is on the selected service provider
- Lastly since Not for Profit’s under GoI are for all purpose under the GoI, hence Ministry/Dept has the strategic control which unlike in the case of RFP where the service provider will be a private agency, the Ministry/Dept has limited control as defined in scope
- Another interesting aspect is all the Not for Profits under GoI have the flexibility of private agencies wherein they can get the best of the consultants from the market.
- Because of the above mentioned facts many times Nomination of Not for Profit is often seen as a solution, since it has the best of both the RFP process i.e. discovery of price among empanelled or Not for Profit agencies and also allows Ministry/Dept to scale up quickly with a fluid scope boundary.