18 Nov 2019

Government e-MarketPlace(GeM) Quick read

Source: GeM portal

GeM is a one-stop portal to facilitate online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments / Organizations / PSUs.


GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency, and speed in public procurement. It provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government users to achieve the best value for their money.

Key highlights about GeM

  • GeM is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-marketplace that enables the procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.
  • Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D)  with technical support of the National eGovernance Division (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) has developed GeM portal for procurement of both Products & Services. 
  • The portal was launched in 2016 by the Commerce & Industry Minister.

GeM facilities

  • Listing of products for individual, prescribed categories of Goods/ Services of common use
  • Look, estimate, compare and buying facility on dynamic pricing basis.
  • Market place buying of the majority of common User Items.
  • Buying Goods and Services online, as and when required.
  • Single window system for aggregating demands and ordering
  • Transparency and ease of buying
  • Useful for low value buying and also for bulk buying at competitive price using Reverse Auction/ e-bidding.
  • Continuous vendor rating system.
  • User-friendly dashboard for buying and monitoring supplies and payments
  • Return policy

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