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Focus: GS-III Indian Economy

Why in news?

Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry reviewed the steps to promote Make in India products in procurement process of Indian Railways and Indian Railways is integrating its procurement systems with Government e-Marketplace (GeM).

What was decided?

  • Indian Railway e-Procurement System (IREPS) and GeM will be integrated to generate synergy and take the Railways procurement to GeM’s full potential.
  • Post integration GeM is intended to move further in the direction of becoming single point public procurement portal for all agencies of Government of India.

Government e Marketplace (GeM)

  • GeM is a one-stop National Public Procurement Portal under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • GeM facilitates online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Central and State Government Departments / Organizations /Public Sector Undertakings ( PSUs).
  • The procurement of goods and services by Ministries and the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) is mandatory for goods and services available on GeM.
  • GeM provides the tools of e-bidding and reverse e-auction to facilitate the government users achieve the best value for their money.

Objectives of the National Mission on GeM (NMG):

  • Promote inclusiveness by catapulting various categories of sellers and service providers
  • Highlight and communicate ‘value add’ by way of transparency and efficiency in public procurement, including corruption free governance.
  • Achieve cashless, contactless and paperless transaction, in line with the Digital India objectives.
  • Increase overall efficiency leading to significant cost saving on government expenditure in Procurement.
  • Maximizing ease in availability of all types of products and services bought by Government buyers.
July 2024