Bid to scuttle govt use of made in China products

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/24/2020 12:28:58 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 23: In an attempt to scuttle the Chinese products flooding India, the government on Tuesday made it mandatory for the sellers joining the Government e-Marketplace (GeM), a special purpose vehicle under the Commerce Ministry, to disclose the "country of origin" while registering the new products with it. The government and public sector offices are required to make all their procurements from GeM, hosted by the DGS&D (Director General of Supplies and Disposals).
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" 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,' the Commerce Ministry said.
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.
Many products produced in India or imported from various countries depend heavily on the Chinese components or the foreign countries sell the Chinese products with or without any value addition. This necessitated need to have details of the country of origin, the ministry sources said.
In case of Bids, buyers can now reserve any bid for Class I Local suppliers (Local Content > 50%). For those bids below Rs 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. Some Snapshots of the Local Content Features are already uploaded on the GeM Portal.
Since its inception in late 2017, GeM has continuously worked 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 the Ministry of Finance by adding a new Rule No. 149 in the General Financial Rules, 2017.

 

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