Information about Country of Origin made mandatory on GeM

New Delhi, June 23, 2020: The Government e-
Marketplace (GeM), a Special Purpose
Vehicle under the Ministry of
Commerce and Industry, has made it
mandatory for sellers to enter the
Country of Origin while registering
all new products on GeM.
Further, sellers, who had already
uploaded their products before the
introduction of this new feature on
GeM, are being reminded regularly
to update the Country of Origin,
with a warning that their products
shall be removed from GeM if they
fail to update the same.
GeM has taken this significant
step to promote ‘Make in India’ and
‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
GeM has also enabled a provision
for indication of the percentage of
local content in products.
With this new feature, now, the
Country of Origin as well as the
local content percentage are visible
in the marketplace for all items.
More importantly, the ‘Make in
India’ filter has now been enabled
on the portal.
Buyers can choose to buy only
those products that meet the minimum
50% local content criteria.
In case of Bids, Buyers can now
reserve any bid for Class I Local
suppliers (Local Content > 50%).
For those Bids below INR 200
crore, only Class I and Class II
Local Suppliers (Local content >
50% and > 20% respectively) are
eligible to bid, with Class I supplier
getting purchase preference.
Since its inception, GeM is continuously
working towards promotion
of ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The Marketplace has facilitated
entry of small local sellers in Public
Procurement, while implementing
‘Make in India’ and MSE Purchase
Preference Policies of the Government
in the true sense.
GeM is enabling quick, efficient,
transparent and cost-effective procurement,
especially in this hour of
need when government organizations
require products and services
urgently to fight against the Covid-
19 pandemic.
The purchases through GeM by
Government users have been authorised
and made mandatory by Ministry
of Finance by adding a new
Rule No. 149 in the General Financial
Rules, 2017.

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