Inaugurating the workshop the Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "It is a great day towards achieving transparency in public procurement. As we sign as many as six MoU today, I thank the respective state representatives coming forward and embracing GeM as the platform for government procurement in their states. I must also mention that this has been possible thanks to the continuous and full spirited guidance and support from the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi, and his conviction in bringing in transparency in public procurement."
GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement. "I am glad that GeM is being recognized as the national e-procurement portal. Following the processes under GeM platform, around 20-30 percent reduction of price has been achieved as compared to what it was prior to GeM. Therefore, there is substantial tangible evidence that the processes followed at the portal is indeed bringing cost down. Most importantly, the sellers do not have to run around from pillar to post to get their payment, which will be made within 10 days of the delivery of the products and services," added Sitharaman.
Government eMarketplace (GeM) facilitates online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments/ Organizations/ PSUs.
A two-day National Consultative Workshop, organized by Government eMarketPlace (GeM) SPV and DGS&D under Ministry of Commerce in association with National eGovernance Division under the Ministry of Electronics & IT, for the buyers and sellers on Government e-Marketplace (GeM), commenced on Tuesday.
According to PIB, Over 300 Senior level officers handling procurement activities in the state departments such as Finance, Treasuries, IT & e-Governance, General Admin, Industry & Commerce, Women & Child Development (WCD), Food, Board of Revenue and other departments that have major procurement activities along with more than 250 major vendors on GeM are expected to attend the workshop.
As Digital India aims to bring in maximum transparency by minimizing Government's human transactional interface, the objective of this workshop is to increase the adoption of GeM by the states by introducing the participants to GeM Procurement Workflow, demonstrate its usability and sensitize to them to the need for onboarding with suggested amendment to relevant rules and regulations for procurement and to clarify any doubts that the states/ government buyers and sellers might have for smooth implementation of GeM.