FS inaugurates training program on GeM for govt users

 Ashok Lavasa IAS
The one-day hands-on training program for Procurement Officers of the Central Government Ministries/Departments was inaugurated in New Delhion Monday by Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary. The program was jointly organized by DGS&D, National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD).
Speaking on the occasion, Lavasa complimented the DGS&D, NEGD, and NIFM for organizing the training program on the use of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) for the Government users. He highlighted the fact that GeM has been developed within a short span of 5 months owing to the collaborative efforts of DGS&D, NeGD, Finance Ministry and several other Government agencies. It indicates that collaboration between Government agencies can bring great results in short time.
He advised the GeM team to make efforts to continuously improve the GeM portal and ensure that it remains free from manipulation and any unethical practices. He added that, although it has been made mandatory on GeM to make payment to the vendors within 10 days of receipt of goods/services, efforts should be made to further reduce this time span as time is money and ultimately the cost of delayed payment is borne by the Government. GeM has a potential to grow and will bring in a lot of credibility and comfort in procurement decision making within the Government.
The training session was attended by more than 60 procurement officers from about 20 Central Government organizations based in Delhi and is the First such Training Program to be followed by similar pan-India Training Sessions for all the Central Government Procurement Officers.
Radha Chauhan, CEO of NeGD (MeitY), explained the concept of GeM and how it has been developed. She emphasized the importance of training and wanted the officers attending the program to provide valuable feedback so that the system could be further improved. She mentioned that the system is secure and robust.
Binoy Kumar, DG(S&D), in his address stated that GeM is a completely online and end-to-end integrated e-procurement portal for products and services that have been developed by DGS&D with technical support from NeGD. He stated that more such training programs/sessions are planned for both the Government buyers as well as sellers in the coming days.

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