GeM will devise a mechanism to guarantee the sale of quality goods
New Delhi, September 5 () The GeM public procurement portal will devise a mechanism to conduct a supplier evaluation to ensure the sale of quality products on the platform, an official said.
The Ministry of Commerce launched Government e-Marketplace (GeM), an online platform for public purchases, in August 2016 with the aim of creating an open and transparent purchasing platform for the government.
The total public procurement value is estimated at Rs 8 lakh crore.
Currently, the supplier evaluation is performed only for the original equipment manufacturers (OEM). But now we are going to design a suitable mechanism to carry out the supplier evaluation of all sellers on the platform. It will ensure the sale of quality products in GeM. officer said.
It will be an online mechanism, where there would be no human interference.
Another online system to address complaints from buyers and sellers would soon be resolved.
Such systems help make the portal more dynamic and the feedback will improve its efficiency, the official added.
The Center is also considering expanding the scope of GeM by allowing government contractors and private bulk buyers to use the platform to purchase goods and services. Currently, they are not allowed to purchase goods and services from the GeM platform.
At present, government departments, ministries, public sector units, state governments and central armed police forces can carry out transactions through this portal.
Talleen Kumar, IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre, was recently appointed as the new executive director of GeM.
According to GeM, 2.73,994 vendors and service providers have registered on the portal so far to sell 1,209,237 products and 16,095 services.
The government has made it mandatory for all government departments and ministries to obtain goods and services from their electronic market.
The portal offers a wide range of products, from office stationery to vehicles. Cars, computers and office furniture are currently the main product categories.
The services, including transport, logistics, waste management, web transmission and analysis, among others, are listed on the portal. Public procurement worth Rs 50,000 crore is expected to be made through GeM during 2019-20, compared to Rs 33,366 crore currently. RR ANU ANU