“If somebody else wants to buy on the GeM platform, they will also be allowed to do so. If volume increases, price will also come down and this will benefit both the government and private parties,” said Prabhu, while inaugurating the National Mission on GeM in New Delhi for increasing awareness among buyers and sellers.

Government e-Marketplace (GeM), the National Public Procurement Portal, which is currently being used ONLY by various government departments/organizations/PSUs, for their online procurement of common use goods & services they require on day to day usage.

The GeM currently has no access to private buyers outside the government and its various entities. Most state governments now buy requirements such as laptops, car rental services, and medicines for anganwadis using the GeM platform.

However, the government is now contemplating on allowing private buyers or companies outside government to buy on the government e-marketplace platform in order to help lower the cost of goods and services for governments and raise online transactions with figures of $25 billion, said India’s commerce minister Suresh Prabhu.

“If somebody else wants to buy on the GeM platform, they will also be allowed to do so. If volume increases, price will also come down and this will benefit both the government and private parties,” said Prabhu, while inaugurating the National Mission on GeM in New Delhi for increasing awareness among buyers and sellers.

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