With an aim to make Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the national public procurement portal, more comprehensive, the e-commerce marketplace is planning to onboard products of self-help groups (SHGs), tribal communities, craftsmen, weavers and MSMEs.
A senior Government official further informed on Monday that the GeM team has been in discussion with the Ministry of Textiles to pull data of 21 lakh weavers and 18 lakh craftsmen to bring them on the digital platform.
At the same time, GeM Chief Executive Officer Talleen Kumar shared that they have also been in touch with the MSME Ministry to welcome 92 lakh such units on the portal.
Giving a peek of the figures achieved thus far, Talleen highlighted that as many as 25,000 sellers have supplied nearly 49 per cent of orders worth Rs. 10,000 or less in 2019-2020.
In addition to various Government departments and agencies, many schools including Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti have bought products worth Rs. 535 crore so far.
The share of MSMEs, women entrepreneurs and start-ups in all procurement in 2019-2020 has witnessed an incredible jump of 69 per cent, highlighted Talleen.