State Mission on Govt e-Market launched

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Dimapur, September 21: State Mission on Government e-Market Place (GeM) was formally launched by Chief Secretary, Benchilo Thong, IAS at Secretariat Conference Hall, Kohima yesterday.
The Chief Secretary informed that the workshop is carried out as part of the nationwide drive which commenced from September 6 to 17. He also stated that GeM is an e- commerce portal hosted by the DGS&D (Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals).
Thong appraised that the GeM portal is rapidly increasing its business since its inception with transacted business totaling to Rs.11,875.80 crore. As on date, the GeM portal shows that 1,42,194 sellers and service providers are registered on the portal.
He maintained that the workshop intends to create awareness about GeM, its benefits, and to bring on board sellers as well as buyers in order to avail the benefits of buying from a portal. For the Government departments, GeM provides a huge advantage of offering a wide range of products and services along with the benefits of a transparent and easy procurement process.
The Chief Secretary requested all the Administrative Heads and Heads of Departments to actively consider maximum utilization of the benefits offered by the portal so that the value of the funds placed at their disposal is multiplied.
Additional Chief Secretary & Finance Commissioner, Temjen Toy, IAS said GeM is basically a procurement programme where the entire transaction is paperless and the present system where the departments have to issue tenders take time, the issue of transparency also comes in.
He also stated that GeM will do away with bureaucracy of procurement and also simplify and speed up the process of procurement.
Toy said ‘GeM is here to stay. It is also our endeavour to encourage our local suppliers, till purchase of Rs. 50,000 you can buy from any seller beyond that you’ll have to select from the lowest bidder’.
He also said it was made mandatory that procurement for ‘Poshan Maa’ program in the state has to be done through GeM, ‘by and by the government of India is going to insist that you should procure materials from GeM portal, so it is only in our interest that we get on board as soon as possible so that we are not left behind. The state government will be issuing the orders to gradually incorporate it.’
According to GeM team, GeM is a national portal to make the public procurement transparent and simpler. Envisaged by the Government of India, GeM strives to keep pace with the ever-evolving technological challenges and stakeholder aspirations.
The GeM portal is currently used by almost all departments/organizations of the Central Government. Organizations from 23 States / UTs are already using GeM. Government has made procurement of products and services available on GeM mandatory to all the central government ministries, departments and central government organizations. The General Financial Rules were amended in March 2017 and Rule 149 introduced in this regard.
Deputy CEO GeM, Nirmal Kumar and Business Facilitator GeM, Raja were the resource persons. (Page News Service)