Central Medical Services Society (CMSS), created as Central Procurement Agency of MoHFW with approval of the Cabinet in 2011, is a young and thriving organization. With Procurement having commenced in 2015-16, CMSS serves 8 National level Disease Control Programmes and also handholds State Govts. in procurement related matters where they struggles or face issues.
Having been at helm of job at CMSS for past 4 years, it can be confidently said that CMSS has flourished exponentially in all spheres i.e. procurement volumes, stocks handled, dispatched volumes and payment volumes to suppliers. CMSS has treaded very cautiously but with a clear vision to bring IT environment in all above activities –PO issuance, stock receipt, dispatch, quality checks and release of payments –everything is on 24*7 IT platform. The system has stabilized quite well and we have also taken many steps to bring in more transparency in all activities. The vendors can see the status of the invoices and thus, do not have to run after the authorities for payments. Even the percentage of timely payments is around 90% which is expected to rise in future.
CMSS has played its role quite efficiently and the Tender Finalization time has been consistently brought down to meet the expectation of the indenting divisions. The quality assurance aspect comprising of all reputed Govt. Testing Laboratories as well as top-of-line Private Testing Laboratories have helped us to complete the quality testing of the Public Health Goods in timely manner. More than 150 suppliers, including all reputed Pharma MNCs are already working with CMSS. CMSS is extremely thankful for the confidence reposed by them towards the organization.
During the Covid times, CMSS Team played exemplary role at prevalent high risk. CMSS as first mover, successfully concluded Commissioning of 177 PSA Medical Oxygen Generation Plants all over the country, also procured 2,29,400 Medical Oxygen Cylinders for PAN India and played vital role in procurement of Syringes for Covid vaccination.
In the near future, CMSS eyes capacity building in very efficient manner as it is expected that more and more work is likely to be assigned to CMSS. CMSS has also extended help to Combined Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and presently working for Govt. UT of Lakshadweep to meet their requirements.
CMSS is thankful that Programme Divisions/Ministry has acknowledged the hardwork put in by CMSS Team. CMSS assures same vigor in future and will continue to strive for Alacrity, Integrity and Transparency…….which is the lifeline of CMSS.
Shri Suresh Puri