HYDERABAD: The UN is ready to reinstate the 19 Indian firms suspended from bidding for its multi-billion dollar contracts since 2008, including Satyam Computer and the Tata group, as some of them suit the requirements best, said Warren Sach, UN assistant secretary general in the Office of Central Support Services.
I don't think any Indian company has applied for reinstatement.
But we would welcome applications for reinstatement from them as it adds to the competition.
One thing I will point out is India being a developing country, many of its products are the appropriate technology, well-tuned to the needs, since most of our deliveries are in any case going to developing countries, Sach
Among them, the overwhelming majority were contracted directly by the Iraqis and around 100 of them "overlapped" with the UN list, Sach
That led to some suspensions.
No region was exempt from being identified by the Volcker commission.
Out of this overlapping group, there were over a dozen companies registered in India, including Tata Group, Godrej and Boyce and Kirloskar Group . Sach said since the suspensions in 2008, the UN has started a process of reinstatement of several firms.
So far, we've had five-six companies reinstated, he
The senior UN official also said the companies indicted under the oil-for-food scandal had not been under shadow for poor performance or delayed deliveries, but mainly since they had no choice but to participate in the process if they wanted a contract.
Going forward, Sach
said the process towards reinstatement will involve getting certified by a third party that the company has put in place an anti-corruption programme that is high on ethics, apart from a proper governance structure.
Besides the oil-for-food scandal, three other Indian companies were also suspended for violation of contracts - PCP International
, Satyam and state-run telecom consultancy firm TCIL
In the case of PCP
, an Indian official on deputation to the UN
, Sanjaya Bahel, was jailed for eight years for showing undue favours.
In the case of Satyam, the contracts were suspended a year after founder Ramalinga Raju
admitted to fraud in 2009.
Satyam is now part of the Mahindra group.
We are quite prepared under the new structure that they (Satyam) have to have a look at what their guarantees are and their ethical processes.
We cannot discriminate against a particular company or a country of supply, said Sach
said the agency was also encouraging more Indian companies to register with them and bid for contracts.