Govt. departments can now go to e-market for shopping

14 Sep 2018

The Govt-e-Marketplace National Mission in Sikkim was launched on Thursday in the presence of the Chief Secretary Shri A.K.Shrivastava at Chintan Bhawan. Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Thomas Chandy and Principal Secretary Social Welfare Department K. Sreenivasulu were also present.
The Chief Secretary said that the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) was the National Public Procurement Portal which provided the facility of an online market for Central and State Government Ministries and Departments, Central and State Public Sector Undertakings, Autonomous Institutions and local bodies, for procurement of commonly used goods and services.
The main objective of the National Mission of GeM is to expedite its adoption and use by Union Ministries, State departments and their agencies. GeM was an efficient, transparent system which aimed to cut down on the time and expenditure involved in procurement of goods and services, he said. It was a major transformational initiative to change the mechanism of procurement from lengthy documentary procedures as is hitherto being practiced in government to quick online transactions.
The Chief Secretary said GeM would provide an opportunity for small entrepreneurs, enterprises and service providers (such as MSEs, Start-ups, domestic manufacturing, women entrepreneurs and self help groups to come on board the GeM platform with their products and enter a level playing field with bigger enterprises.
Principal Secretary Commerce and Industries Thomas Chandy said the Government-e- Marketplace was conceived one and half years ago and the marketplace has grown with now more than 27,000 buyers and 138,000 sellers having been registered on the portal and more than 477,000 products available to government departments ranging from vehicles and high-end electronic goods to ordinary stationary. A power point presentation was also shown where the system was explained in detail. (EOIC)