Government E-Marketplace or GEM is a portal to facilitate online procurement of goods and services required by various government departments, organizations and public sector undertakings in India.
The Government E-Marketplace has been introduced to enhance transparency in government purchases, improve efficiency and speedup procurement. In this article, we look at the process for registering as a seller on the Government E-Marketplace.
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Government E-Marketplace or GeM is a portal to facilitate online procurement of goods and services required by various government departments, organizations and public sector undertakings in India. The Government E-Marketplace has been introduced to enhance transparency in government purchases, improve efficiency and speedup procurement. In this article, we look at the process for registering as a seller on the Government E-Marketplace.
Government E-Marketplace was created based on the recommendations of Group of Secretaries made to Hon’ble Prime Minister. Currently, the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals along with the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has created and piloted the Government E-Marketplace. In the first stage, the pilot project for GeM is opened for Central Government Departments and CPSUs located in Delhi / NCR. Based on the learnings, the portal will be rolled-out to other parts of the country. Further, after comprehensive study through a consultant followed by engaging a Managed Service Provider (MSP), a full-fledged version of GeM is likely to be positioned by March, 2017. Purchases through GeM by Government users has already been authorized by Ministry of Finance by adding a new Rule No. 141-A in the General Financial Rules, 2005.
Currently, the following products and services are sold on the Government E-Marketplace:
In addition to the above products, services like transportation services are also being currently tested on the Government E-Marketplace.
Authorised representatives of Central Government Departments, State Government Department, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous bodies can purchase through the Government E-Marketplace or GeM. The Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals has authorised officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and equivalent for purchasing through GeM. Further, authorised officers can further authorise other officers of their Department to purchase on the Government Marketplace portal. For a Government officer to be registered as a buyer on the Government E-Marketplace, the following details are required:
Purchasing Powers of Government Officers
Any authorised officer making a purchase of upto Rs. 50000/- can purchase a product through any of the available suppliers on the GeM, meeting the requisite quality, specification and delivery period. In case of purchase above Rs.50,000, the Government office must choose the supplier having lowest price amongst the available suppliers on the GeM, meeting the requisite quality, specification and delivery period. GeM has also provided tools for online bidding and online reverse auction which can be used by the purchaser.
Any sellers who manufacturers or markets genuine products or delivers services can become a seller on the Government E-Marketplace. Sellers on the Government E-Marketplace must have the following documents to be registered:
Procedure for Registration
To become a seller on the Government E-Marketplace, register your business through one of the following links:
The process for registration is simple and once registered, a GeM user id and password is provided to access the seller account. Through the seller account, the seller or service provider can list the products or services offered by them along with the pricing. The seller is free to set the price of the product as per his/her costing. But its important to include in the final price, the cost for logistics, packing & taxes, duties etc. along with a suitable margin to arrive at the Selling Price on all inclusive basis, indicating percentage of Excise Duty, Service Tax & CST/VAT as applicable, with delivery at site basis.
After completing seller registration and listing, the seller will start receiving orders through the seller dashboard. Wherever a customer places an order, GeM will send you an e-mail alert and orders can be managed through the GeM portal itself. After receiving the order, its the sellers responsibility to pack the item and deliver it to the buyer on-time. It is the seller’s responsibility to deliver the products safely to the consignee.
Payment for the goods or services purchase through the Government E-Marketplace will be made directly to the sellers bank account through online banking within 10 days after receipt and acceptance of the goods or services or after expiry of 10 days time prescribed for return policy.
Government of India is one of the largest purchaser of goods and services in India, spending lakhs of crores. However, most SMEs and Startups in India have been unable to sell to the Government due to cumbersome procedures and delays in payment. The Government E-Marketplace or GeM aims at disrupting the current system and introducing a clean and efficient mechanism for Government purchases. Hence, its important for all businesses to be registered on the Government E-Marketplace and make the Government a customer. The following are some of the additional benefits of being a seller on the Government E-Marketplace:
All Government agencies including Central, State Government, and PSUs have to fulfill their purchase conditions only through sellers listed under the GeM portal. GeM listing has a great avenue for private corporations' business growth.
Traders can sell their products of value up to Rs.50,000/- at reasonable prices direct to the government buyers.
There is an opportunity for GeM registration as a startup on the GeM portal having diverse and innovative results. The government has informal norms to procure goods from new Startup participants.
There is the least paperwork required to obtain GeM registration. Moreover, there is an accessible, easy and clear process for tender allotting under the GeM portal.
With the online GeM portal- transparency, effectiveness, and speed have been enhanced during the procurement of required goods and services.
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