GeM to play a key role in Govt sector’s digital transformation journey

National Public Procurement Conclave 2018 was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in support with Government e-Marketplace (GeM), a successful initiative of the Government of India to provide online end to end solution for procurement of common use goods and services by the government organisations in state, central and PSU category.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Ms. Radha Chauhan, CEO, GeM said, “In the last two years, we have grown in our understanding and appreciating what it requires and what is desired from Government e-Marketplace. What is required needs to be urgently addressed and what is desired needs to be arrived mutually.”

GeM as a national procurement portal of Government of India in which all states and union territories and around 2/3rd of CPSEs transact, GeM has to evolve by listening to all stakeholders thereby bridging the gaps added Ms. Radha Chauhan.

In his opening remarks, Amit Sinha Roy, head of CII-TCL Centre for Digital Transformation said, “With respect to digital transformation, there are policies which needs to be put in place, citizen level communication is a big challenge since relevant skill sets are needed to drive all of these so it is important for the industry to prepare and lead the technology led future.

Suresh Kumar, Additional CEO, GeM said, “Public procurement is 20% of GDP i.e. Rs. 28-30 lakh crore based on today’s GDP which includes high value procurement of defence ministry and small value transaction done by an office in taluk or panchayat. GeM is targeting at Rs. 3-4 Lakh crore in the next 2- 3 years.”

In phase II, the focus is on Rs. 8-9 Lakh crore and phase III, the focus is on Rs. 15-17 Lakh crore added Kumar.

Sanjay Aggarwal, Director – Expenditure, Department of Finance recommended five suggestions – Enhanced efforts for training and awareness, faster sorting of operational issues, automation for MSME and other sectors, consolidation of demand and economies of scale by making GeM data open and independent assessment of GeM needs to be shared so that improvements can be incorporated.

CII and GeM also felicitated award winners in different categories – Buyers and Sellers. The Conclave also had an exhibition area where more than 50 companies participated and displayed their products & solutions.

The NPPC 2018 was attended by more than 800 buyers/sellers across sectors along with more than 400+ Public Procurement Managers from governments departments and PSU’s across different states.

GeM provides the tools of direct purchase, e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government and users to procure goods and services at right price, right quality and right quantity in a transparent and paperless manner.

DigiAnalysys was an official media partner at the event and shall shortly be sharing excerpts of a dipstick survey on GeM conducted on-site at the event.