Several hundred thousand craftsmen and 1,49,422 weavers have signed up for GeM, the platform.

Craftsman and Weavers acquiring more noteworthy Market access through GeM portal . Initiative to give direct market access potential open doors to approx. 35.22 lakh handloom laborers and 27 lakh craftsmanship craftsmans.

To give upgraded market admittance to weavers and craftsmans, a drive has been started to locally available Weavers and craftsmans on the GeM entryway to empower them to sell their items straightforwardly to the Govt. Divisions. This will increment support from under-served merchant gatherings, for example, craftsmans, weavers, miniature business people, ladies, ancestral business visionaries and self improvement gatherings working in Handloom and Handicrafts, who face difficulties in getting to government markets.

Till 30th August, 2021, 28,374 craftsmans and 1,49,422 weavers are enrolled on the portal.GeM started the dealer enlistment and onboarding of weavers and craftsmans in July 2020 with the help of authorities from Office of Development Commissioner Handloom and Development Commissioner Handicrafts. Officials from 56 Handicraft Service Centers and 28 Weaver Service Centers were prepared and participated in the merchant enrollment process.

 28 selective item classifications have been made for handloom items. All the while 170 custom item classifications made for handiwork items. Devoted web-pennants and market pages have been created for Indian Handloom and Indian Handicrafts items to grandstand excellent craftsmanship and handloom items made by craftsmans, weavers, helpful social orders, SHGs and maker organizations fit for providing such items to different Government purchasers.

Government e-marketplace primarily known as GeM is an initiative taken by the government of India on 9th August 2016 to run its own e-marketplace. It is a one-stop solution for all Central Government and State Government Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Units (PSUs) and affiliated bodies to facilitate easy procurement of consumer goods and services.   

Scope of operation for the GeM Platform:

There are three facets to defining the scope of operations for the GeM platform:

1. Who are the customers (both buyers and sellers) that the GeM platform will cater to?

Ans: GeM aims to replicate the offline market on its online platform to create an open market that brings together sellers across the board ranging from established brands to MSEs, individual suppliers, suppliers of innovative products and services, and artisans.

2. What will be the goods and services offered on the GeM platform?

Ans: The spectrum of goods and services procured by the Government is very wide. The goods procured by the Government range from highly standardized goods like A4 printing paper, printer cartridges, and electronic goods like printers and laptops to highly specialized goods like drilling equipment and medical equipment. Similarly, for services, the spectrum ranges from standard services such as security services, chauffeur services, and gardening services to a more complex set of specialized services such as consulting services and engineering services.

3. How shall the GeM platform operate to execute the aforementioned ‘Who’ and ‘What’?

Ans: The GeM platform shall be an open marketplace and shall focus solely on being a platform for Government buyers to meet sellers and conduct business. It shall neither own the goods and services sold through the platform nor own the supply and logistics of goods and services transacted on it. The platform will only act as a mediator where two parties interact with each other.

4.Advantages of using GeM

Advantages of GeM are two-fold one from the viewpoint of buyers and another from the viewpoint of sellers which are as follows:

1.For Buyers

  • Provide transparency and ease of buying.
  • Offers rich listing of products for the individual categories of goods/services.
  • Price Trends and Price Comparison from Multiple Suppliers.
  • Direct notifications to sellers.
  • Integrated Payment System.
  • User-friendly dashboard for monitoring supplies and payments.
  • Online grievance redressal mechanism for a quick resolution.

2.For Sellers

  • Access to National Public Procurement market
  • No charges or fee for getting registered
  • Special provisions and sections for start-ups, MSMEs and Emporium products
  • Fully online, paperless and contactless platform
  • Brand application and brand approval process has been revamped for sellers
  • Easy access to participate in bids/reverse auction
  • All sellers will be shown reasons for rejection

As the above picture is self-explanatory also mentioned/ explained below:

  • There are over seventeen lakhs products listed on the GeM portal
  • With a transaction value of over fifty-three thousand Crore
  • Also, the portal is inching towards four lakhs mark for sellers and service providers.
  • From above it is very much clear that how this portal is growing day by day and transforming the purchasing pattern of all Central Government and State Government Ministries, Departments, Public Sector Units (PSUs) and affiliated bodies from buying from a shop to purchasing electronically.

6. What you can sell or offer on GeM Portal?

There are many goods and services which can be sold on GeM portal some of them are as follows:


  • Advertisement service
  • Annual maintenance for network devices
  • Annual maintenance for HVAC Equipment
  • Bandwidth hiring Services
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) Services


  • Electronic appliances such as laptops, computers, television, air conditioner, UPS, inverter, etc.
  • Furniture such as revolving chairs, office chairs, steel Almirah, etc.
  • Software’s
  • Office equipment such as stationery used in office and utensils which are used daily in the office, etc.
  • Vehicles such as two-wheelers, four-wheelers, ambulance, bus, etc.

7. Why sell on GeM?

  • Drive Business with ease
  • Direct access to the largest Buyers in the Country
  • PAN India reach with minimal marketing
  • Direct Purchase, Bids and Reverse Auctions
  • Dynamic Pricing Based on Market Conditions
  • Transparency and security
  • Multi-Lingual support Desk

Documents required for GeM Registration

  • Aadhaar Card and PAN Card
  • The mobile number which is linked with Aadhaar card
  • Business Description
  • E-mail I’d
  • Last three year’s income tax return
  • Last three year’s balance sheet of the company (in case of a company)
  • Goods & Service Tax registration number
  • Current Account in Bank
  • MSME Certificate or Certificate of incorporation

GeM Providing Direct Market Access to Weavers and Craftsmen

India’s government e-marketplace (GeM) has taken a vital initiative to onboard artisans and weavers on its portal to facilitate direct access to government departments. The move aims to offer enhanced market access to weavers and artisans, enabling them to sell their products directly to government entities. It will enhance support for underserved merchant groups, such as micro-entrepreneurs, women, tribal entrepreneurs, self-help groups, and artisans, who face difficulties accessing government markets.

Since the commencement of the onboarding process in July 2020, 28,374 craftsmen and 1,49,422 weavers have registered on the portal. The GeM platform has made 28 exclusive product categories for handloom items and 170 custom categories for handicraft products. The platform has also developed dedicated web banners and market pages to showcase the excellent craftsmanship and handloom items made by artisans, weavers, cooperative societies, self-help groups, and maker organizations capable of supplying such products to various government buyers.

GeM is a one-stop solution for all central and state government departments and related bodies to procure consumer goods and services. The platform is a mediator, enabling government buyers to meet sellers and conduct business. The GeM platform offers transparency and ease of buying, a rich listing of products for individual categories of goods and services, price comparisons from multiple suppliers, and integrated buyer payment systems. For sellers, the platform provides access to the national public procurement market, revamped brand application and approval processes, and easy access to participate in bids and reverse auctions.