Saturday, May 23, 2015

What are Required Documents for Foreign Vendors to get DSC?

Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate is required for Foreign Vendors to participate in Global Tenders published by Indian Railways through IREPS web application. Foreign Vendors can get easily registered on IREPS after getting their Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate.

CCA (Controller of Certifying Authorities) issued the following guidelines for Issuance of DSC to Foreign Nationals:

Guidelines for Issuance of DSC to Foreign Nationals

In respect of Verification of identity credentials of Foreign Nationals applying for Digital Signature Certificates under IT Act 2000, the following method shall be followed.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) required?

Signature is a person's name written in a distinctive way as a form of identification in authorizing a cheque or document or concluding a letter for identification. Signature is used for signing the Physical Documents. 

How to sign electronic documents? 

Electronic documents like e-forms, PDFs etc. are required to be signed digitally using a Digital Signature CertificateDigital Signature Certificate is being used by Railway Users, Vendor Users and Bidders in IREPS for authentication during login process, Publishing of tenders, Signing and Submission of Techno-commercial and Financial Bids, Signing of Documents etc.


All About E-Tender in IREPS


E-Tender in IREPS becomes a perfect example for wide range of feature and services available:-




Thursday, May 21, 2015

What are the different classes of Digital Signature Certificates?

There are foure types of Digital Signature Certificates which are being issued by Certifying Authorities to the users. The details of these for classes are followings:
  • Class 0 Certificate: These certificates shall be issued only for demonstration/ test purposes.
  • Class 1 Certificate: These certificates shall be issued to individuals/private subscribers. These certificates will confirm that user's name (or alias) and E-mail address form an unambiguous subject within the Certifying Authorities database.
  • Class 2 Certificate: These certificates will be issued for both business personnel and private individuals use. These certificates will confirm that the information in the application provided by the subscriber does not conflict with the information in well-recognized consumer databases. Class 2 Certificate or higher is required for Railway Users for registration on IREPS.
  • Class 3 Certificate: This certificate will be issued to individuals as well as organizations. As these are high assurance certificates, primarily intended for e-commerce applications, they shall be issued to individuals only on their personal (physical) appearance before the Certifying Authorities. Class 3 Certificates are required for Vendors and Bidders for registration on IREPS.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent of physical or paper certificates. Driving Licenses, Passport etc. are example of Physical Certificates. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a Driving License identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Similarly, a Digital Signature Certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.

There are four types of Digital Signature Certificate:
  • Class 0: This certificate shall be issued only for demonstration/ test purposes.
  • Class 1: Class 1 certificates shall be issued to individuals/private subscribers.
  • Class 2: These certificates will be issued for both business personnel and private individuals use.
  • Class 3: This certificate will be issued to individuals as well as organizations and this is the highest level.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What is iMMIS?

iMMIS (Integrated Material Management System) is an application to integrate the MMIS application running on individual servers in different zonal railways. Materials Management Information System (MMIS) was developed at Central Railway in 1998 initially for COS office, Stores, Accounts office and five major depots of the Central Railway. Since then, the system has undergone several customizations and is now successfully implemented on most of the Stores Depots, Divisions & Stores finance branches all over Indian Railways

Now, with the need of the hour, the present decentralized MMIS running on individual server in zonal railways is being integrated at CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems), New Delhi with the iMMIS (Integrated Material Management System) web based application on central servers. In the first phase, Local purchase module of iMMIS has been rolled out for implementation in all depots and divisions of stores department of zonal railways. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

What are the basic requirements to run iMMIS on a system?

iMMIS (An abbreviation for Integrated Material Management System) is an application being used by Depots and Division in Indian Railways for procurement of materials. iMMIS application works best on Firefox  browser.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

User Manual of iMMIS for Local Purchase Module is available on IREPS

User Manual of iMMIS for Local Purchase Module is available on IREPS website. Depot and Division users can download it from there.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

What is IREPS?

IREPS (An abbreviation for Indian Railways E-Procurement System) is an official web application of Indian Railways for procurement of materials and auction of scarp and unserviceable materials, it can be access through the web address www.ireps.gov.in. IREPS application developed by CRIS (An abbreviation for Centre for Railway Information System). IREPS application have the following key features:
  • PKI (Digital Signature) based Web application of Indian Railways, login through dual authentication (1st: user id and password, 2nd: Digital Signature Certificate).
  • Connections are encrypted using AES_256_CBS VeriSign SSL Certificate.
  • Time Synchronization for all servers with IST (Indian Standard Time) acquired from NPL (National Physical Laboratory).
  • IREPS follows IT Act 2000 and follows the guidelines issued by Ministry of Railways for procurement of materials.
  • Security aspects of IREPS application have been tested by STQC (Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification Directorate is an attached office of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India).
  • Online Payment Services through SBI (State Bank of India).
  • Services offered on IREPS application includes E-Tender (Supply Tenders, Global Tenders, M&P Tenders etc.), E-Auction, Reverse Auction, Contract Tracking etc. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

IREPS introduced new feature of Encryption Certificate for publishing of NIT.

IREPS introduced new feature of Encryption Certificate for publishing of NIT. As per IREPS, Railways are requested to upload their Encryption Certificate from the link Upload Encryption Cert available in the left navigation block of logged in Railway user's home page.


Now there is no need to attach the public key of Encryption Certificate by railway user while publishing the tender. Public key of Encryption Certificate automatically will be attached by IREPS application with the tender when tender become published. Earlier railway users needs to attach the public key of Encryption Certificate with each and every tender at the time of publishing of tender.