SME Times News Bureau | 18 Jan, 2020
GeM Samvaad, a two month long national outreach programme launched on 17th
December 2019 has seen overwhelming response across the country, said an
programme took off from 19th December 2019 and during the launch
week the States of Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh
were covered in order to reach
out to stakeholders across the country and also local sellers in order to
facilitate on-boarding of local sellers on the marketplace while catering to
specific requirements and procurement needs of buyers.
GeM Samvaad is being conducted in all States and Union Territories. After the
first four states the outreach programme has been held in J & K on 5th
January, Ladakh on 7th January, Assam and Bihar on 9th
January and in Chandigarh on 8th January 2020.
All the outreach
programmes witnessed overwhelming participation of buyers and sellers. GeM senior officers are steering the programmes. They are also interacting
with buyers and sellers attending the events.
the outreach programmes including logistics are made by the respective State
Governments. The target is to reach out to all stakeholders and learn from
their experiences on their usage of GeM portal.
outreach programme, GeM expects to make the actual users aware about the new
features and functionalities of the portal and collect feedback, which is the
first step towards GeM’s ‘Voice of Customer’ initiative.
A Roundtable with
Ministries/Departments & Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) was held
on 14 January 2020 in New Delhi as part of GeM Samvaad.
It was chaired by Secretary,
Department of Commerce, Government of India and CEO GeM.
More than 100 participants
including Financial Advisors & nodal officers of Ministries, Departments,
and representatives of CPSEs participated in the Roundtable and shared their
feedback, challenges and suggestions.
Commerce Secretary highlighted
the need for full utilization of the potential of GeM. He stated that Rule 149
of GFR and directives of the Department of Public Enterprises make the
procurement of goods and services by Ministries and CPSEs mandatory for goods
and services available on GeM and the same should not be violated.
GeM is continuously working to
bring all the items on-board and buyers should accelerate this process by
providing specifications of categories and asking sellers to onboard GeM.
He further emphasized the
importance of timely payments to sellers and stated that buyers should ensure
payments to sellers on time.
Departments and Organizations and Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) have been
using GeM for their buying needs.
Sellers from the
States are also benefitting through the access to national Public Procurement
market using the portal.
Samvaad the marketplace is looking forward to receiving feedback from users
which will be used for making improvements and advancements in the system.
GeM has more
than 15 lakh products and around 20,000 services, more than 3 lakh registered
sellers and service providers and more than 40,000 Government buyer
In its short
journey of three years, GeM has processed more than 28 lakh orders worth Rs.
40,000 crores in Gross Merchandise Value out of which 50% has been transacted