E-Mar­ket por­tal help­ing ven­dors sell prod­ucts to gov­ern­ment

It has been made manda­tory for Cen­tral gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to pro­cure goods and ser­vices through GeM.

The Sunday Guardian - - & Comment Analysis -

de­part­ments to pro­cure goods and ser­vices through the GeM. The GeM was started by the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi-led Cen­tral gov­ern­ment in 2016 to weed out in­ter­me­di­aries and agents from the gov­ern­ment’s pro­cure­ment sys­tem.

In all, 25 states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries have signed MoUs with the GeM to adopt it as the manda­tory mode of pro­cure­ment for their de­part­ments so far. “GeM de­ploys tech­nol­ogy to com­pletely au­to­mate pro­cure­ment pro­cesses and sys­tems, and in­tro­duce greater ac­count­abil­ity in pub­lic pro­cure­ment across In­dia. In two years of its op­er­a­tions, GeM has recorded over 7.80 lakh trans­ac­tions worth over Rs 14,874 crore and es­tab­lished it­self as an open, trans­par­ent, ef­fi­cient and in­clu­sive plat­form pro­vid­ing huge sav­ings to the gov­ern­ment,” the re­port of the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try reads.

Any­one do­ing busi­ness in any lo­ca­tion in the coun­try can get him­self reg­is­tered with the GeM por­tal and can di­rectly sell his or her prod­ucts such as ta­ble, chair, fan, air con­di­tioner, car­pet, and sim­i­lar such ar­ti­cles and ser­vices of com­mon use to gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

“The por­tal has nearly 30,000 buyer or­gan­i­sa­tions (gov­ern­ment) and about 1.89 lakh sell­ers and ser­vice pro- viders. These sell­ers have of­fered more than 4.65 lakh prod­ucts and ser­vices so far. The trans­par­ent pro­cure­ment sys­tem and no in­volve­ment of mid­dle­men have led to sav­ings for the ex­che­quer to the tune of ap­prox­i­mately 2025%,” the re­port cited above said. Speak­ing to The Sun­day Guardian, a se­nior of­fi­cial of the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try said, “Our min­istry has given much pri­or­ity to the GeM to en­sure a trans­par­ent pro­cure­ment sys­tem in gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. The GeM has also pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to the smaller seg­ment of en­trepreneurs to sell their prod­ucts. This was ear­lier not pos­si­ble due to the lack of trans­parency and pres­ence of mid­dle­men.”

“The min­istry had also re­cently de­clared the GeM as a na­tional mis­sion. The aim of this mis­sion is to pro­mote in­clu­sive­ness by em­pow­er­ing var­i­ous cat­e­gories of sell­ers and ser­vice providers such as MSMEs, start-ups, do­mes­tic man­u­fac­tur­ers, women en­trepreneurs, and Self-Help Groups. It will also high­light the ob­jec­tive of ‘ Min­i­mum Gov­ern­ment, Max­i­mum Gov­er­nance’. The mis­sion also aims to give a boost to cash­less, con­tact­less, pa­per­less trans­ac­tions in line with the ob­jec­tives of the Dig­i­tal In­dia mis­sion,” the same of­fi­cial cited above said. Es­corts Lim­ited is one of In­dia’s lead­ing en­gi­neer­ing con­glom­er­ates, with over six decades of ex­pe­ri­ence. It has helped ac­cel­er­ate In­dia’s so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment through its pres­ence across the high growth sec­tors of agri machin­ery, con­struc­tion and ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment and rail­way equip­ment. The com­pany has di­ver­si­fied busi­nesses in three dif­fer­ent seg­ments—Es­corts Agri Machin­ery, Es­corts Con­struc­tion Equip­ment and Rail­way Equip­ment divi­sion. It man­u­fac­tures equip­ment for the agri­cul­ture, in­fra­struc­ture and rail­way sec­tors for both na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. The com­pany is fully com­mit­ted to trans­form­ing lives in the agri space by lev­er­ag­ing the power of tech­nol­ogy. Es­corts has been part­ner­ing the coun­try’s jour­ney to­wards eco­nomic pros­per­ity and in­clu­sive growth, with a strong fo­cus on em­power-

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