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14.76 Lakh Orders achieved by 1.44 Lakh Women Entrepreneurs through GeM

Published on January 17, 2023
Current Context: In order to encourage women entrepreneurs and self-help groups (SHG) from the informal sector to sell via GeM, the government's public procurement initiative Government eMarketplace (GeM) registered over 1.44 lakh Udyam-verified women-led micro and small enterprises (MSEs) under its Womaniya program in 2019.
14.76 Lakh Orders achieved by 1.44 Lakh Women Entrepreneurs through GeM
  • Women MSE vendors have processed over 14,76 lakh orders of Rs 21,265 crore in gross merchandise value (GMV) since 2019 according to information provided by the commerce ministry in a statement on Saturday. 74% of the order value of products sold on GeM and 26% of the order value of service categories are owned by women entrepreneurs.
  • The top five service categories were manpower outsourcing services - minimum wage, custom bid for services, human resource outsourcing service, monthly basis cab and taxi hiring services, and manpower outsourcing services - fixed remuneration.
  • The top five product categories with the most women entrepreneurs were desktop computers, smartphones, special purpose telephones (smartphone for integrated child development service - ICDS), and hopper tipper dumper.
  • Government e-Marketplace
    • S Radha Chauhan serves as the CEO of GeM. GeM is a 100 percent government-owned business established under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to help government ministries, departments, and CPSEs purchase items and services used frequently. The geM was established in 2016 and currently offers 731,431 product categories, 180,862 registered merchants, and 32,114 buyers from the government. GeM has handled 1,171,761 orders totaling Rs. 16,976 crores in gross merchandise value since its establishment.

Question: 

Q.1 Government e-marketplace comes under which ministry?
a. Ministry of External Affairs
b. Ministry of Finance
c. Ministry of IT
d. Ministry of Commerce

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