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GeM takes a number of initiatives for procurement of goods and services by Government departments in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic

March 28, 2020
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Government e-Marketplace (GeM), a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has taken a number of initiatives in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic. GeM, which operates a dynamic, self-sustaining and user friendly portal for procurement of goods and services by Government offices, has taken steps to enable quick, efficient, transparent and cost-effective purchases in this hour of need. Procurement on GeM has been authorized by General Financial Rules by making necessary changes in government rules. Presently more than 7400 products in about 150 product categories and hiring of transport service are available on GeM portal. GeM is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-market place that enables procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.

The steps taken recently are as follows:

  1. A dedicated page for COVID 19 related categories has been created on GeM: https://gem.gov.in/covid19
  2. Following categories have been created for medical supplies in addition to the 32 existing ones and are live on GeM:
    1. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sample Collection Kit
    2. Reusable vinyl/rubber gloves (cleaning)
    3. Eye protection (visor/goggles)
    4. Disposable thermometers.
    5. Single-use towels
    6. UV tube light for sterilization.
    7. Surgical Isolation Face Shield
    8. Medical waste incinerator
  1. Following categories have been created for auxiliary supplies in addition to 52 categories and 7 services that existed:
    1. General purpose tool kit
    2. Wrought aluminum utensils

Total

173

Medical Related

120

Auxiliary

53

  1. With this, all categories recommended by NITI Ayog in medical and auxiliary supplies are now on GeM. All OEMs, resellers and suppliers for the above newly created categories are being identified for onboarding on GeM.
  2. The total number of COVID-19 related  categories on GeM as on date are:

     Detailed list of categories for medical and auxiliary supplies are enclosed at Annexure – 1 and Annexure – 2 respectively.

  1. The timelines and status of various interventions for ease of procurement for COVID-19 related items are as follows-
  1. Shorter duration Bids with shorter delivery period for specific categories. Bid Cycle for COVID-19 related categories has been reduced to 3 days from existing 10 days. Buyers would also be able to reduce the Delivery Period for such items to 2 days considering the time critical nature of the items. This is already live on the portal.
  2. Filter for Delivery Lead Time selection by buyer in  L1 buying. Will be live by 1 April 2020
  3. Prioritization of Product/Brand Approval for Covid Specific Categories. Will be live by 28 March 2020
  4. New business rule for controlling price increase. Will be live by 1 April 2020
  5. Allow Delivery Period Extension 30 days beyond expiry of original Delivery Period. Will be live by 28 March 2020.
  6. New business rule to stock out sellers who do not update stock within 48 hours of notification for specific categories. This is already live.
  7. New page for tracking COVID-19 categories and the number of sellers. Will be live by 28 March 2020.
  1. The World Bank increased procurement threshold at GeM for COVID 19 Response Project, from $ 1 Lakh to $ 1 Million.
  1. Seller Onboarding:
    1. OEMs & Sellers have been identified for eight new COVID categories
    2. Relevant medical categories were searched on GeM and outside GeM.  Targeted mailers were sent to appx. 10,000 sellers including OEMs.  Mail content detailed new Covid-19 categories and prioritization introduced by GeM  in brand & product approval process for faster onboarding.
    3. OEMs & sellers have also been contacted telephonically.  200+ such sellers have been engaged.  They have been informed about the new Covid-19 categories created by GeM and have been asked to onboard.  OEMs have been asked to ask their resellers to onboard and hold sufficient inventory levels.
    4. OEMs & Sellers have been exhorted to view the current situation as an opportunity and contribute in whatever way they can to the requirements of a national health emergency.
    5. OEMs/Sellers outside GeM have also been guided on how to get in contact with regional business facilitators.
    6. OEMs are being sensitised about the orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, exempted businesses and various SOPs.  Online link: https://www.ndma.gov.in/en/ has also been shared.
    7. Brand approval & product approval requests from OEMs/Sellers have been accorded topmost priority and have been cleared on the same day.

Annexure - 1

List of categories for medical supplies 

S. No.

Item

1

Ventilators

2

Alcohol based hand-rub

3

Face shield (eye, nose & mouth protection)

4

N95 Masks

5

Latex single use gloves (clinical)

6

Reusable vinyl / rubber gloves (cleaning)

7

Eye protection (visor / goggles)

8

Protective Gowns / Aprons

9

Disposable thermometers

10

UV tube light for sterilization

11

Medical masks (surgical / procedure)

12

Detergent / Disinfectant

13

Detergent / Disinfectant

14

Detergent / Disinfectant

15

Single use towels

16

Biohazard bags

17

Wheel Chair

18

Glucometer with strips

19

Hard-frozen Gel Packs

20

Sample Collection Kit

21

Thermocool box / Ice-box

22

Stretcher

23

Stretcher

24

Thermal scanners

25

Batteries for thermal scanners

26

BP apparatus

27

IV Sets

28

IV Cannula

29

IV Stand

30

Ambulance

31

First aid

32

Medical Waste Incinerator

33

ICU Beds

34

Cardiac monitors

35

Syringe pumps

36

Syringe pumps

37

Portable x ray machines

38

Endotracheal tube

39

Suction tube

40

Suction tube

41

Oxygen cylinders

Annexure - 2

List of categories for auxiliary supplies

S. No.

Item

1

Soap

2

Rubb Hall Tents

3

Chairs/Benches

4

Tables/Desks

5

Printer

6

Computer

7

Extension Boards

8

Matches

9

Candles

10

ID for Patients

11

ID for  volunteers

12

Flyer - information booklet

13

White board + markers

14

Garbage bags, bins

15

Drinking Water+ Dispenser (4)

16

Cleaning items (Brooms)

17

Cleaning items (Mop)

18

Fire extinguisher

19

E Toilet

20

Genset / Back up

21

Whistle

22

Tool set – basic

23

Registration details - sticker/printer

24

Mattresses

25

Foldable Cots / Beds

26

Bed sheets

27

Pillows

28

Pillow Covers

29

Towels

30

Rubber Sheets

31

Blankets

32

Emergency Lamp

33

Laundry (Detergents)

34

Refrigerator – smallest

35

Tokens with number

36

Mosquito Repellent

37

Sanitary Pads

38

Diapers – kids

39

Steel Plates

40

Steel Glasses

41

Spoons

42

Jugs

43

Stove – Big

44

Large vessels

45

Buckets

46

Mugs

47

Tissue paper

48

Smaller bins

49

Paper

50

Pen

51

Stapler

52

Stapler Pins

53

Box file

54

Letterhead

 

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