India is a land of diverse cultures and heritage, known for its scenic beauty and architectural wonders. Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is an integral part of India’s infrastructure, which was established in 1854. It is responsible for constructing and maintaining government buildings and other public services. CPWD has issued contractor licenses for interested parties, and there are several criteria that must be met to obtain these licenses. In this blog post, we will go over the types of licenses that CPWD offers, the eligibility criteria, and the application process. Let’s dive in and explore the world of CPWD licenses in India.
I. Introduction to CPWD Contractor Registration
A. Overview of Central Public Works Department
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is a government construction management department in India that provides services from project conception to completion and maintenance management. It was established in July 1854 as a central agency for the execution of public works, and it has now grown into a comprehensive organization dealing with buildings, roads, bridges, flyovers, stadiums, and other complicated structures. The CPWD is a prime engineering department of the Union Government of India, and its specifications and manuals are followed by local public works departments and engineering wings of other departments. The department is headed by the Director General (DG), who is also the Principal Technical Advisor to the Government of India. The regions and sub-regions are headed by Special DGs and Additional DGs, respectively, while the zones in all state capitals (except a few) are headed by Chief Engineers. Nowadays, a new post of Chief Project Manager (CPM) has been created to head major prestigious projects of the CPWD.
C. Types of Licenses issued by CPWD (Buildings & Roads and Horticulture)
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) issues licenses for contractors in two categories: Buildings & Roads and Horticulture. In the Buildings & Roads category, CPWD issues nine types of licenses, each with specific tendering limits, required work experience, and financial soundness criteria. These licenses range from Class I(AAA) to Class IIIB. For the Horticulture category, CPWD issues four types of licenses, each with specific tendering limits and work experience criteria. Unemployed graduates in any stream of engineering/architecture from a recognized Institution or University can directly apply for enlistment in Class V Buildings & Roads category. The work experience criterion and financial soundness shall not be applicable for them if they are seeking enlistment for the first time. Similarly, unemployed individuals with agriculture/horticulture degrees can directly apply for enlistment in the Class IV Horticulture category without any work experience criterion and financial soundness. The fees for both categories are determined based on the specific type of license applied for. CPWD also provides the facility to download Annexure-I and Annexure-II forms online and submit the application as a draft or final, with the option of editing and modification before submission.
II. Eligibility Criteria for CPWD Contractor Registration
A. Citizen of India
As per the CPWD Contractor Registration eligibility criteria, an individual who is a citizen of India can apply for enlistment in CPWD. However, it is important to note that no engineer or official employed in engineering or administrative duties in any engineering department of the Government of India/State Government/Central and State PSUs is allowed to work as a contractor or employee of a contractor in CPWD for a period of one year after retirement from service, unless he has obtained prior permission from his employer Government. Enlistment in more than one category is permitted, but not in more than one class within the same category. Unemployed engineering/architecture graduates from a recognized institution or university can apply for enlistment in the Class V Buildings & Roads category. Similarly, unemployed individuals having a degree in agriculture/horticulture from a recognized institution or university can directly apply for enlistment in the Class IV Horticulture category. The work experience criterion and financial soundness shall not be applicable for them if they are seeking enlistment for the first time.
B. Retired government officials
Retired government officials who wish to work as contractors under Central Public Works Department (CPWD) can do so only after a year of their retirement with prior permission from their department. A retired employee who is interested in working as an employee of a contractor or as an independent contractor must first obtain the employer Government’s permission. However, this rule does not apply to individuals who are already employed in the same capacity and then seek to work as contractors. If you are a retired government official who meets these criteria, you may apply for enlistment as a contractor under CPWD. However, along with the standard requirements, you will also need to provide a retirement order for verification and submit an affidavit by Executive/First Class Magistrate. The contractor’s license is not only a certification of quality but can also help you in procuring large contracts to grow your business exponentially.
C. Enlistment in more than one category
Enlistment in more than one category is allowed by the CPWD license in India, but not in more than one class in the same category. This means that contractors are permitted to have enlistment in more than one category, for example, in both Buildings & Roads and Horticulture. This is beneficial for contractors who work in multiple areas, as they can bid on a wider variety of tenders. The CPWD license has several eligibility criteria, but for unemployed graduates in any stream of engineering/architecture from a recognized Institution or University, they can directly apply as individuals for enlistment in Class V Buildings & Roads category. The work experience criterion and financial soundness shall not be applicable to them if they are seeking enlistment for the first time. Unemployed individuals having a degree in BSc (Agriculture) or BSc (Horticulture) from a recognized Institution or University can also apply as individuals for enlistment in the Class IV Horticulture category for the first time without meeting the work experience criterion and financial soundness. Applicants should follow the required steps and documentation when enlisting in more than one category to ensure their preparedness and proper enrollment.
D. Unemployed engineers/architects
Unemployed engineers and architects in India have the opportunity to apply for contractor registration with the CPWD. They can apply as individuals for enlistment in the Class V Buildings & Roads category without any work experience criterion or financial soundness requirement for the first time. This is a great opportunity for unemployed engineers and architects who want to start their own business in the construction industry. The CPWD offers nine types of licenses in the Buildings & Roads category and four types of licenses in the Horticulture category. The financial requirements for each license category are strict, but unemployed engineers and architects can save money on hiring employees and machinery fees. The application process can be done online through the CEMS portal, and the enlistment fee ranges from Rs 3,000 to Rs 40,000 depending on the class of application. This can open up lucrative contracts and opportunities for growth and development in the construction industry.
E. Unemployed individuals with agriculture/horticulture degrees
Individuals who hold agriculture or horticulture degrees and are currently unemployed can apply for enlistment in the Class IV Horticulture category of CPWD license. They can apply directly as individuals for enlistment and the work experience criterion and financial soundness shall not be applicable for them if they are seeking enlistment for the first time. The required documents for enlistment in this category include a Banker’s Certificate, Net worth Certificate, and Average Annual Turnover Certificate on works during the last three financial years from a Chartered Accountant. Applicants will also need to submit an undertaking in the application form to hire or procure the required equipment to execute the work. The enlistment shall be valid for a period of five years from the date of issue of order or as mentioned in the enlistment order. With a valid CPWD license, unemployed individuals with horticulture degrees can participate in tenders of specified category works where the estimated cost put to tender is not more than their tendering limit without pre-qualification or eligibility bid, subject to bidding capacity unless otherwise specified in the bid document.
IV. Enlistment Fees for CPWD Contractor Registration
A. Fees for both categories
Fees for both categories of CPWD licenses are applicable for those seeking enlistment in Buildings & Roads and Horticulture categories. The enlistment fee ranges from Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 for Horticulture and Rs 3000 to Rs 40000 for agriculture, depending on the class of application. The costs are primarily dependent on the category and class along with other conditions of eligibility. All contractors must possess valid licenses on the date of application for enlistment. For financial soundness in Class I(AAA), Class I(AA), Class I(A), Class I and Class II, irrespective of the category, the Banker’s Certificate or net worth certificate and average Annual Turnover Certificate on works during the last three financial years from a chartered accountant are required. The eligibility criteria and conditions for documentation for individual, partnership, and company categories differ as per the Rules For Enlistment Of Contractors in CPWD 2022. The contractor registration fee needs to be paid online through the Bharat Kosh website after saving and submitting the application form. Failing to submit or fulfill any of the required criteria will result in the application being summarily rejected.
V. Procedure for CPWD Contractor Registration
A. Downloading Annexure-I and Annexure-II forms
To for CPWD License in India, applicants must download Annexure-I and Annexure-II forms from the official website. The forms can be found on the CPWD portal and must be filled out carefully before submitting them. After filling out the required information in the forms, applicants must press the option DRAFT in Annexure-II, which will generate a draft report for rechecking. Applicants should carefully check the details provided in both Annexure-I and Annexure-II forms before submitting them. Supporting documents for the application, such as Annexure-III and Annexure-IV, can only be uploaded in the PDF format. Requirements for images and supporting documents are stated in the official website, and applicants should comply with them. After submission, applicants can modify the application by choosing the Edit or Modify option. The Application Number and Password generated during submission are required for this purpose.
B. Online entry of Annexure-I and Annexure-II
Online entry of Annexure-I and Annexure-II is a convenient feature provided by the CPWD registration system. Prior to filling out these annexures online, applicants must download them first, carefully fill in the details, and verify the accuracy of the information provided. Annexure-III and Annexure-IV documents are only accepted in PDF format. Applicants can then proceed to the CPWD online registration portal and create an account to access the online application system. After entering their details in Annexure-I and Annexure-II, applicants can choose the option DRAFT in Annexure-II for the system to automatically generate a draft report for rechecking. If satisfied, the final application can then be submitted online. The system requires supporting documents and images to be uploaded, and generates an application number and password upon submission. The application can be modified or edited before submission, but once submitted, the processing of the application begins.
C. Requirements for images and supporting documents
When for CPWD licenses in India, it’s important to know the requirements for submitting images and supporting documents. Here are some key points to keep in mind:
– Two annexures, Annexure-I and Annexure-II, need to be downloaded and submitted with the application.
– Online entry of these annexures is necessary.
– Images should be clear and of good quality. They should not exceed the specified dimensions and should be in a supported format (.jpeg, .jpg, .png).
– Supporting documents like certificates, degrees, and identity proofs need to be submitted as self-attested copies. The originals should be available for verification during the processing of the application.
– The application number and password need to be saved for future use.
– The application can be submitted in draft form for editing and modification before submitting it as final.
– Any changes made after submission of the final application will require the generation of a new application number.
By meeting these requirements and providing the necessary images and supporting documents, you can ensure that your CPWD license application is processed smoothly and quickly.
D. Generation of Application Number and Password
Once you have downloaded the Annexure-I and Annexure-II forms, the next step is to generate your application number and password. This will ensure that you can access your application again at any time, make necessary edits and modifications, and finally submit it as a draft and then as a final application. Below are the steps you need to follow to generate your application number and password:
1. Make sure you have all the required images and supporting documents ready.
2. Go to the CPWD website and fill in the online entry of Annexure-I and Annexure-II.
3. Submit the online application as a draft.
4. Your draft application will be checked and verified by CPWD officials.
5. Once your draft is approved, you will receive a unique application number and password via email and SMS.
6. Use this application number and password to log in to your draft application, make necessary edits and modifications, and ensure all information is correct.
7. Finally, submit your application as a final application for further processing.
Make sure you keep your application number and password safe and secure, as you will need them throughout the application process. Following these steps will ensure a smooth and hassle-free CPWD license application process.
E. Submission of application as DRAFT and FINAL
To submit an application for CPWD license, applicants have to follow certain steps to ensure a hassle-free submission. First and foremost, candidates will have to download Annexure-I and Annexure-II forms from the official website and fill them up properly. Once the details are confirmed, they can apply online through the system. The system accepts images of the directors or partners in JPG/JPEG format that should not exceed 80 Kilo Bytes(KB) each. The supporting documents must be submitted in the PDF format (size not exceeding 5 Mega Bytes(MB)). After the confirmation of details, the applicant will generate a draft report and a unique application number. The application number and the password should be kept secret and will have to be mentioned in all future communications. The application can be edited and modified in the DRAFT mode, but once it is submitted as the FINAL version, changes are not allowed. The application is processed only after the final submission.
F. Editing and modification of application
Once you have submitted your application as DRAFT, you have the option to edit and modify it before final submission. This ensures that your application is error-free and meets all the required criteria. The CPWD website offers a user-friendly interface that allows you to make changes easily. You can edit both Annexure-I and Annexure-II through the MODIFICATION option in the Main Menu. While making modifications, you can also add or remove supporting documents as per the requirement. However, once you have submitted your application as FINAL, no further changes are allowed. Therefore, it is crucial to take your time during the editing and modification process to ensure that you have entered accurate information. It is also important to remember your Application Number and Password while editing and modifying the application as you will need it for further modifications and taking prints of the submitted online application.
VI. Documents required for Wholesale Drug License in India
In order to obtain a Wholesale Drug License in India, applicants are required to submit the following documents:
1. Application form in the prescribed format
2. Applicant’s PAN Card
3. Applicant’s address proof (Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Passport, etc.)
4. A cover letter explaining the nature of the business and the need for the license
5. Proof of ownership or lease agreement of the premises where the wholesale drug business will be carried out
6. Proof of payment of the prescribed fee for the license
7. Details of the staff working in the wholesale drug business, including their education and experience
8. Details of the drugs which the applicant intends to deal with
9. Quality control measures and procedures for storage and transportation of drugs.
VII. Advantages of Wholesale Drug License in India
1. The Wholesale Drug License allows individuals or businesses to purchase drugs in bulk from manufacturers or importers and distribute them to retailers.
2. The license ensures the quality and authenticity of the drugs being distributed as it is issued only after proper verification and compliance with regulations.
3. With the license, individuals or businesses can participate in tenders for government institutions for drug supply services.
4. Having a Wholesale Drug License can significantly increase profits as it allows the license holder to trade in bulk quantities.
VIII. Disadvantages of Wholesale Drug License in India
1. The process of obtaining a Wholesale Drug License can be lengthy, complicated, and expensive.
2. There are stringent regulations and requirements which need to be complied with, and any non-compliance can result in cancellation of the license.
3. The license holder may also be subject to regular inspections and audits to ensure compliance, which can be time-consuming and add to the cost of operations.
IX. Process of getting Wholesale Drug License in India
The process of obtaining a Wholesale Drug License in India is as follows:
1. Firstly, the applicant must obtain a GSTIN and a TAN Number.
2. The applicant must then approach the State Drug Controller’s office and apply for the license.
3. The applicant must submit the required documents listed in section VI of this article.
4. The application is then scrutinized by the Drug Control Department, and if found satisfactory, the license is issued.
X. Frequently Asked Questions about Wholesale Drug License in India
1. Who is eligible to apply for a Wholesale Drug License in India?
Any individual or entity who has the necessary infrastructure and facilities to carry out wholesale drug business is eligible to apply for the license.
2. What is the validity period of a Wholesale Drug License?
The license is usually valid for a period of five years and needs to be renewed every five years.
3. Is it necessary to have a Wholesale Drug License to carry out wholesale drug business?
Yes, it is mandatory to have a valid Wholesale Drug License to carry out wholesale drug business in India.
4. Can a Wholesale Drug License be transferred?
No, the license cannot be transferred from one individual or entity to another. However, if the ownership of the business changes, the license needs to be re-applied for in the name of the new owner.
5. What happens in case of non-compliance with regulations?
Any non-compliance with regulations can result in cancellation of the Wholesale Drug License, and the holder may also face legal action.