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Government e Marketplace (GeM)- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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Government e Marketplace (GeM) in News

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for expanding the mandate of Government e Marketplace (GeM) to allow procurement by Cooperatives as buyers on GeM.

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Cooperative Societies to procure from GeM

  • On-boarding Authority: The validated list of cooperatives to be on-boarded on GeM – for pilot as well as subsequent scale up will be decided by Ministry of Cooperation in consultation with GeM SPV.
    • This will ensure that technical capacity and logistics requirement of the GeM system are taken into account while deciding the pace of on boarding of Cooperative as buyers on GeM.
  • GeM will provide-
    • A dedicated onboarding process for cooperatives,
    • The technical infrastructure to support additional users on existing portal, and
    • Assistance to cooperatives for onboarding and transaction journeys, via available contact centers, in-field training and other support services.
  • Ministry of Cooperation would issue necessary advisories to encourage the Cooperative Societies to make use of the GeM platform for procurement of goods and services in order to benefit from increased transparency, efficiency and competitive prices.
  • Payment Mechanism: To protect interests of the broader seller community on GeM and ensure timely payments, the modalities of payment systems shall be decided by GeM in consultation with the Ministry of Cooperation.
  • GeM Platform Charges: GeM may charge an appropriate transaction fee from cooperatives, to be decided in mutual consultation with the Ministry of Cooperation.
    • Such charges shall not be more than the charges which GeM would charge to other Government buyers.
  • Expected Beneficiaries: With this, more than 8.54 lakh registered cooperatives and their 27 Crore members would be benefitted with this initiative.
    • The GeM portal is open for all the buyers and sellers across the country.

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Cooperative Societies to procure from GeM- Key Benefits

  • Ensure Access to goods and services at competitive prices: Allowing Cooperative Societies to register on GeM as Buyers would help Cooperatives in getting competitive prices through an. open and, transparent process.
  • Improving Credibility of Cooperatives: since the societies have more than 27 Crore members, procurement through GeM would not only economically benefit the common man, but it would also enhance the credibility of the cooperatives.
  • Enhances Ease of Doing Business for Cooperatives: Onboarding of cooperatives on GeM is expected to enhance overall “Ease of Doing Business” for cooperatives, while providing a larger Buyer base to the GeM registered sellers also.

Ministry of Cooperation


What is Government e-Marketplace (GeM)?

  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a dynamic, self-sustaining and user-friendly portal for making procurement by Government officers. It is an online platform for public procurement in India.
    • GeM Initiative was launched on August 9, 2016, by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GoI.
  • Development of GeM Portal: Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal (DGS&D) with technical support of the National eGovernance Division (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) has developed a GeM portal for procurement of both Products & Services.
    • Government e-Market (GeM) is hosted by the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal.

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What is the Objective of Government e-Market (GeM)?

  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) aims to create an open and transparent procurement platform for government buyers.
  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) facilitates online procurement of common-use Goods and Services.

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Government e-Marketplace (GeM) Advantages 

For Buyers  For Sellers 
  • Rich listing of products for individual categories of Goods/Services
  • Search, Compare, Select and Buy facility
  • Buying Goods and Services online, as and when required.
  • Transparent and ease of buying
  • A continuous vendor rating system
  • User-friendly dashboard for Buying and monitoring supplies and payments
  • Easy Return policy
  • Direct access to all Government departments.
  • One-stop shop for marketing with minimal efforts.
  • One-stop shop for bids / reverse auction on products/services.
  • New Product Suggestion facility available to Sellers
  • Dynamic pricing: Price can be changed based on market conditions
  • Seller friendly dashboard for selling and monitoring of supplies and payments
  • Consistent and uniform purchase procedures


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