The Public Procurement Monitoring Office (PPMO) has sanctioned 22 firms, restricting their participation in public procurement processes.

The blacklisting, based on recommendations from various government bodies, spans different sectors including construction, legal services, fashion, and information technology.

Of the 22 blacklisted, 19 companies belong to the construction sector, with one firm each from the legal, fashion, and technical sectors.

The PPMO has invoked Section 63 (1) of the Public Procurement Act, 2063 BS, imposing bans ranging from one to three years on these companies.

Among the sanctions are the three-year bans on companies like IS Construction Pvt Ltd of Dipayal and Arvali Infrapower of New Delhi has three-years bans. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law of Sudurpaschim Province and the Nepal Electricity Authority recommended the blacklisting of IS and Arvali, respectively.

Ganapati Group of Construction in Kathmandu faces a two-year ban for its failure to meet contractual obligations in the Kaligandaki Corridor projects. Recommendations from the Federal Road Supervision and Monitoring Office of the Department of Roads (DoR) and the Jomsom-Korla Road Project prompted this action.

Further, Dhital Builders of Banke received a one year and six-month blacklisting, following recommendations from Sunkoshi Rural Municipality in Sindhuli and Saraswati Construction Service and Road Division Office in Nepalgunj.

Other companies facing sanctions for varying durations include AKJ Construction of Chitwan, Panchapuri Construction of Surkhet, and Sri Deuti Bajai Construction Services Pvt Ltd of Bardia. Also included are Pushpanjali Construction & Suppliers Pvt Ltd and Pranish International Pvt Ltd of Kathmandu, both facing bans of 1 year and 3 months each.

Additionally,  Balaji Construction Services of Chitwan, Malika Construction of Jumla, and New Precious Fashion Wear of Lalitpur are among those blacklisted for one year, as per the PPMO’s decisions.