Public Private Partnership in Assam: An Overview
Public Private Partnership (PPP) cell, constituted under Planning & Development Department is primarily involved in extending its support to concerned line departments in taking up PPP projects. The support includes identifying, conceptualizing and creating a shelf of projects in consultation with the line Departments and seeking approval of such projects from High Powered Committees from time to time.
PPP Policy 2008 was notified vide Gazette Notification No. PDP.115/2002/Pt-II/268 dated 16th February, 2008. The policy highlights the broad framework of the PPP processes including setting up of an efficient administrative mechanism to ensure selection of private sector developer through transparent bidding criteria to bring in uniformity in approach cutting across various sectors and departments of the Government.
As on date, 20 projects have been taken up by various line departments which include 12 projects that have been awarded/under implementation, 7 projects are under DPR preparation/bidding stage and 1 project is under pipeline.
An ambitious project viz. 20 Years Perspective Infrastructure Development Plan (PIDP) for the state of Assam under four core infrastructure sectors viz. Industries, Road, Urban & Power is developed to access the current infrastructure. It has also identified around 200 projects across sectors that need to be developed in the short, medium and long term. Presently, Planning & Development Department review the current policy along with other parameters of PPP framework in order to overcome its deficiency and to define clearly on the underlying principles of PPP which can be used by the implementing departments/agencies to conceptualize the overall PPP programmes/projects. In this endeavor, P & D Department under World Bank supported Assam-Public Financial Management Strengthening Project (Finance Department) had already engaged a consulting firm which is likely to submit the reports by September, 2017.
To accelerate economic growth, Govt. of Assam has proposed to bring in private sector investment with PPP mode as one of the preferred routes for infrastructure development of the state. In the recent years, Assam has taken several initiatives to encourage development of infrastructure projects through PPP. Some of the major initiatives include-