The commerce and industry ministry said that now it is mandatory for all sellers to upfront declare the Country of Origin without which they cannot upload products on GeM.
Launched in 2016 as India’s national online marketplace for government procurement, GeM was the first e-commerce portal in the country tovstart displaying the ‘Country of Origin’ of all products prominently for giving its buyers the right to make informed decisions of procurement.
“Going a step further, GeM has also started highlighting the local content percentage on the product description page prominently,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that even within the products made in India, buyers can identify products that have higher local content and take informed decisions.
A Make in India filter has been provided on the portal using which a buyer can filter out all non-local suppliers and restrict the procurements under direct purchase and L-1 (lowest bid) purchase from among local suppliers only.
“Sellers who do not declare local content percentage while uploading product and creating catalogue on GeM will lose out on business and will not be able to participate in bids in which the buyer has chosen to procure only MII compliant products,” it added.
“GeM is providing increasing market access to seller groups like MSEs (micro and small enterprises), women SHGs, and startups,” said commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan, adding that GeM has over 6.9 lakh MSE sellers and service providers who contribute over 56% of the total order value on the platform.
Moreover, 9,980 startups are registered on GeM who can
“MSEs can now get a loan at the point of acceptance of an order on the GeM platform. It will help in meeting the working capital needs and ensure access to finance for them,” said GeM CEO P K Singh.
The GeMSAHAY app has been rolled out to address the credit access challenges faced by MSMEs and it will provide sellers who are sole proprietors, with the best loan offers from top lenders in the country including public sector banks, private banks and NBFCs.
Singh said that that GeM is exploring ways to bring works on the platform with an aim to further widen its scope and the work on integration of GeM with the Integrated Material Management System (iMMS) and Indian Railways Electronic Procurement System (iMMS/ IRePS) is underway.