About Government e-marketplace
Have you ever heard about Government e-Marketplace? A government e-Marketplace or GeM is a one-stop forum for procuring equipment as well as products.
It simplifies the product purchasing that is required by various departments of Government. To learn more about GeM and how it works, read below:
What is the use of a Government e-marketplace?
This portal aims to enhance transparency, productivity, and speed in the process of public procurement. It is a practical and self-sustaining portal.
GeM platform is run by Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). SPV is a non-profitable company that is associated with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Indian government deals with SPV.
It is a user-friendly website for procurement. GeM forms play a significant role in Government activity and Public Procurement.
“The average savings for buyers in the GeM portal is about 9.75% on the median price”. – World Bank
Sellers must show the ‘Country of origin’ on the goods which they are selling on the GeM portal.
Background of GeM
On August 9, 2016, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India started GeM. The government’s main aim is to form a free and clear purchasing platform for government buyers.
It is a cashless and paperless market for online purchasing. The starting form of this portal was created by the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) associated with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The current GeM portal is created by the Managed Service Provider (MSP) that Intellect Design Arena leads. GeM has partnered with different banks and ERP systems of large buyers for payment services. Shri Prashant Kumar Singh is the current Chief Executive Officer of GeM. He is an IAS officer of the 1993 batch of Manipur Cadre.
The objective of GeM
The main motto of this platform is to boost transparency in procurement. It increases the effectiveness and speed of public procurement. It maintains all types of purchasing like bidding, e-bidding, and direct purchase.
As per Rule 149 of the General Financial Rules, 2017, the procurement of products by departments of government has been compulsory for Goods available on the portal. Enterprises of the public sector and State Governments are boosted to procure via this portal.
Features of GeM
This system increase transparency in the placement of the order, vendor registration, and process of payment by a great amount. There are no access boundaries for the bonafide suppliers who seem interested to do business with the Government.
Sellers, buyers, and paying authorities are kept updated with SMS and e-Mail notifications.
The direct purchase can be made on GeM online in a few minutes. The bidding/Reverse Auction (RA) facility on GeM is one of the most dynamic ways for purchasing in case of higher value.
Secure and Safe
It is a purely secure platform. Buyers and sellers e-signed all the documents at various stages in this portal.
It has set its target to achieve Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) which is equal to 4-5% of the GDP of India.
The demand for GeM is increasing and the price is reducing. It is only because the government e-marketplace is easy to use and effective.
The average prices on this platform are lower by at least 15-20%. The price increases up to 56% in some cases. The e-marketplace is also increasing demand for items that are to purchase by several Central/ State departments of Government.
Facilities of GeM
- Easy-to-use dashboard for buying as well as checking supplies and payments.
- A regular vendor rating system
- Transparency and easy buying
- Return Policy
- Valid for low-value as well as bulk buying at competitive prices by using Reverse Auction/e-bidding
- Single Windows system for concluding demands and orders
- When there is a requirement, buy products and services online
GeM Advantages For Buyers
- Arrangement for return policy
- The effective vendor rating system
- Provide transparency and security in buying
- Enable buying Goods and Services online whenever required
- The facilities of search, select, match, and buy are available.
- Convenient dashboard for buying and checking stock. The dashboard is also good for payments
GeM Advantages For Sellers
- Uniform purchase procedure
- One-stop shop for marketing with basic effort.
- For bids/reverse and products/services, there is a one-stop shop.
- Government departments can approach directly.
- For selling, the seller-friendly dashboard is available.
- A new product suggestion facility is available for Sellers.
- Price varies according to the market condition.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
Who can buy/purchase through GeM?
The Union government as well as the State government can make purchases via GeM. Central and State autonomous bodies can also participate. Public sectors of State and Central, local bodies can also procure through this portal.
Is GST mandatory for GeM registration?
You will require a GST registration certificate to choose a tax category. A cancelled cheque copy for bank details and Aadhaar Card for identity proof are needed for bank details.
Who can become a seller on GeM?
People wishing to sell their services to government agencies can become sellers on GeM. To become a seller he/she has to register themself on this portal. The portal has 2 types of sellers. The first is an authorised seller and the second is original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).