Procurement of services on GeM platform grew 205 pc in 2023-24

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NEW DELHI: Procurement of services through the GeM portal witnessed a staggering 205 per cent growth in the current financial year 2023-24, official data showed. The Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has closed the current fiscal year on a high note, crossing the milestone of Rs 4 lakh crore in Gross Merchandise Value (GMV).

The surge in GMV can be attributed to the substantial increase in the procurement of services through the GeM portal, which witnessed a staggering 205 per cent growth compared to the previous fiscal year. This surge underscores the platform’s pivotal role in breaking down barriers for small domestic entrepreneurs to participate in government tenders, effectively democratising public procurement, according to an official release.

Key contributors to this exceptional growth include increased engagement from states such as Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, which surpassed the earmarked public procurement targets for the year. Additionally, central entities, including ministries and Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) have significantly contributed to nearly 85 per cent of the Rs 4 lakh crore milestone.

The expansive network of stakeholders on GeM, comprising over 1.5 lakh government buyers and 21 lakh sellers and service providers, has been instrumental in achieving this feat. By integrating thousands of panchayats and cooperatives within its procurement ecosystem, GeM has facilitated sustainable procurement practices while optimising public spending at the grassroots level.

Commenting on the achievement, P K Singh, CEO of GeM, emphasised the platform’s commitment to enhancing efficiency, transparency, and inclusivity in public procurement. He highlighted GeM’s collaboration with over 5.2 lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs) and 1.5 lakh India Post offices, which has played a significant role in expanding outreach and capacity-building at the grassroots level.

Singh said, “Through its inclusive initiatives like ‘Vocal for Local’, ‘One District, One Product’, ‘Startup Runway’, ‘Womaniya’ etc., GeM has provided a level-playing field for domestic businesses to grow and thrive. Of the Rs 4 lakh crore GMV, orders nearly 50 per cent have been awarded to marginalized seller segment such as Artisans, weavers, craftsmen, MSEs, especially women-led and SC/STs, SHGs, FPOs and startups”.

He added, “GeM’s collaboration with 5.2 lakh+ CSCs and 1.5 lakh+ India Post offices has served a phenomenal force in maximising outreach and capacity-building at micro levels. Through supportive handholding at every step to help diverse sellers and service providers grow their business on GeM, the platform has given impetus to hyper local economies across regions in India, resulting in job creation and greater incomes”.

With over 12,070 product categories and 320+ service categories, GeM has emerged as a one-stop solution for seamless public procurement, offering sellers and service providers across the nation an opportunity to showcase their products and services transparently. (ANI)

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