Government e-Marketplace or (GeM) is an e-commerce portal run by Government. GeM is a one stop online portal which enables easy procurement of common user Goods & Service needed by Government department. GeM is established to with a purpose of ensuring transparency, promptness and efficiency in procurement process. GeM is a user friendly, self-sustained and dynamic portal to make the procurement easy. Most of the SMEs and Startups find it difficult to sell to Government due to its hectic process or payment delays, this is why GeM is established to disrupt the current process of procurement.
GeM was established on the recommendations of two Group of Secretaries in 2016 to the Prime Minister which aimed at setting up of a dedicated online market place for Goods & Services procured or sold by Government or Public Sector Undertakings. The Government e-Marketplace is developed by Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&G) with the technical help of National e-Governance Division (NeGD) to easier the buy and sell process.
Like Private Companies, Government Departments and PSU also need different Goods and Services for their daily operations. Normally they procure these from private vendors therefore to make the procurement fair, transparent and efficient the GeM was established. It works like all other e-commerce portal. Through various checks and strict procedures in ordering system purchase process has been made simple and transparent.
Every seller should register themselves at GeM as they can avail the benefit of smart trade offered by Government like e-bidding process, Reverse e-auction aggregation of demand to get the best value for money. Authorised representative of government Department or PSUs can procure through GeM. Generally, the Joint Secretary or an equivalent officer is authorized or they can further authorize any other official to make the purchase. Every manufacturer or marketer of genuine Goods or Service must register themselves at GeM portal to make sure they do not lack the opportunities around.
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