Government-E-Marketplace (GeM) organized a Seller Samvad at Press Club of India, Nagpur on 19th Sept,2022. The Samvad was organized to interact with the GeM sellers and to make them aware about the new GeM features and functionalities that further make it conducive for them to operate on the portal. Through the Samvad, it is also planned to have these sellers speak about their experiences and share the same with others to learn from and get inspired.
Some of the sellers based out of Nagpur who attended the Samvad are Hindustan Security & Intelligence service, ATR Enterprises, Shivpriya Industries, Shrinivas Hospitality & Management Services Private Limited, Shashi Enterprises, and Black Belt Security Force Nagpur.
Government e Marketplace (GeM), the National Public Procurement Portal of the country is an end-to-end online Marketplace for the procurement of goods and services. It was launched on August 9, 2016, as part of the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. GeM is known for redefining public procurement and has been able to bring about radical changes in the way procurement was done by Government buyers and public sector undertakings. GeM is contactless, paperless, and cashless and stands on three pillars viz. efficiency, transparency, and inclusivity.
It is noteworthy that GeM has surpassed the milestone of INR 1 Lakh Crore of procurement value, in a single fiscal year in FY 21-22. Cumulatively, GeM has facilitated over 1 Crore transactions valued at over INR 3.02 Lakh Crore. This has only been possible with the support of all stakeholders including buyers and sellers across the country.
The buyer base of GeM comprises all Central and State Government departments, Cooperative societies, and public sector undertakings. The heterogeneous nature of GeM’s seller base clearly reflects on the founding pillar of ‘inclusivity’. Starting from the big companies and conglomerates, the seller base includes women entrepreneurs, Self Help Groups, and MSME sellers from all over the country. Moreover, special provisions have also been created on the GeM portal to ensure a seamless on boarding experience for MSMEs and SHGs. It is worth mentioning that 62 thousand registered Government buyers and 50.90 lakh sellers and service providers speak for the size and scale of GeM operations.
Since its inception, GeM has been steadily growing with new product and service categories being added constantly. Currently, there are about 300 service categories and over 10000+ product categories available on GeM. These categories feature around 44 lakhs catalogues of product and service offerings. Further, GeM is an evolving platform and relentlessly works towards adding new features and functionalities to the portal. In line with this principle, approximately 2000 minor and 460+ major functionalities have been introduced in the last 24 months.
With this as a thought, it is felt that GeM has been able to impact a large set of sellers as stakeholders in India’s public procurement ecosystem. Accordingly, a pan-India ‘Seller Samvad’ has been planned to interact with the GeM sellers and to make them aware about the new GeM features and functionalities that further make it conducive for them to operate on the portal. Through the Samvad, it is also planned to have these sellers speak about their experiences and share the same with others to learn from and get inspired.
In their interaction with media the sellers said that they are very much happy with their business with GeM. Smaller improvisation will help to boost their business in government portal.