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Goyal discusses plan to bring in more merchandise from PSUs, Railways on GeM

The review meeting comes as the government is targeting to achieve Rs 1 lakh crore Gross Merchandise Volume on GeM in FY 2019-20
New Delhi: At a meeting to review and formulate an action plan for Government e-marketplace (GeM), Union Minister of Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal stressed on the need to make the online platform simpler, less time-consuming and attractive so that more and more vendors, including PSUs and MSMEs, come onboard. The review meeting comes as the government is targeting to achieve Rs 1 lakh crore Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) on GeM in FY 2019-20. Ease of getting registered on the GeM platform has to be ensured so that public sector banks, PSUs, ministries and departments of the state governments and local bodies at the district level are able to procure from GeM easily and smoothly, Goyal said.

Goyal asks GeM to engage with Railways, PSUs

While appreciating the transformation in public procurement driven through GeM platform, he directed the officers to maximise the use of GeM to ensure transparency and saving in procurements. Goyal urged GeM officers to work proactively with all the ministries and state governments and handhold them to show that GeM is beneficial for them. Greater transparency and quality of products must be ensured on the platform in order to get the Railways, defence, telecom and PSUs like oil, power, heavy industry to place orders of more than Rs 1 lakh crore through the GeM platform, said the minister.

Easing the process for stakeholders

During the review meeting, Commerce & Industry Minister also discussed ways with Secretaries of various ministries of bringing in external technical experts for specialised products required by railways, oil PSUs, health sector etc, so that more categories are created in GeM in shortest time and complaints about substandard material is completely eliminated. Commerce & Industry Minister requested all Ministries and Departments of Government of India to nominate a Joint Secretary level officer to coordinate with GeM and to identify more products and services that may be procured through the GeM platform.

Who participated in the meeting?

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash also attended the meeting. Chairman, Railway Board and Secretaries of Departments of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Commerce and Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and Secretaries of Ministries of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs, New & Renewable Energy and Power also participated in the meeting.