India plans to integrate its central public procurement portal (CPPP) with the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to further improve buying and selling process for ministries, departments and other agencies. As per GeM Chief Executive Officer Talleen Kumar, a unified procurement system will consolidate the entire government procurement into a single platform leading to economies of scale, better price discovery and sharing of best practices. The plan is to add over 100 new features in the existing portal to make it more transparent as part of GeM 4.0.
- Integration will be done with major platforms like CPPP. The work will be implemented by September 2020, that it will lead to greater participation of railways and defence ministries on the GeM platform.
- The commerce and industry ministry launched GeM on August 9, 2016, in place of the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal with the objective of creating an open and transparent procurement platform.
- Government e-Marketplace owes its genesis to the recommendations of two Groups of Secretaries made to the Prime Minister in January 2016.
- They recommended setting up of a dedicated e-market for different goods & services procured or sold by Government/PSUs besides reforming DGS&D.
- Subsequently, the Finance Minister in his Budget speech for FY 2016-17, announced setting up of a technology driven platform to facilitate procurement of goods and services by various Ministries and agencies of the Government.
- DGS&D with technical support of National eGovernance Division (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) has developed GeM portal for procurement of both Products & Services. The portal was launched on 9th August 2016 by the Commerce & Industry Minister.
- Procurement on GeM has been authorized by General Financial Rules by making necessary changes in government rules.
- Presently more than 7400 products in about 150 product categories and hiring of transport service are available on GeM POC portal. Transactions for more than Rs 140 Crore have already been processed through GeM.
- GeM is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-market place that enables procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.