The Government e-marketplace GeM to Promote Textiles is holding discussions with the Ministry of Textiles and the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises to onboard more craftspeople onto the platform. GeM aims to increase the number of SHG-made products on its public procurement platform. The team running public procurement portal GeM is working to increase the proportion of products made by ‘self-help groups’ including craftspeople, weavers, tribal communities, and MSMEs on its platform.
GeM is holding consultations with the Ministry of Textiles to review data of 21 lakh weavers and 18 lakh craftspeople to potentially onboard onto the platform. GeM’s discussions with the MSME Ministry include reviews of 92 lakh units for potential onboarding to increase inclusivity on the platform. Products have already been uploaded onto the platform through the Ministry of Rural Development and the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation.m
Government departments and schools have purchased goods form the platform, which was launched by the Commerce Ministry in 2016. The platform currently has close to 6,400 product categories.