Government launches ‘Womaniya on Government e Marketplace’

• The commerce ministry Monday said Government eMarketplace (GeM) has launched an initiative to enable women entrepreneurs and self-help groups to sell different products on the platform.

Key highlights

• GeM is an online platform of the ministry for the procurement of goods and services by government departments, public sector units, and other agencies.

• The initiative – Womaniya on GeM – seeks to develop women entrepreneurship on the margins of society to achieve gender-inclusive economic growth, it said in a statement.

• The initiative would enable women entrepreneurs and women self-help groups to sell handicrafts and handloom, jute and coir products, home decor and office furnishings, directly to various government ministries, departments and institutions, it said.

• “Womaniya homepage [https://gem.gov.in/womaniya] will inform procurement officers in various government ministries, departments and CPSEs about the drive to promote procurement of common use goods and services from women entrepreneurs,” it added.

• So far, 1,80,862 sellers and service providers are registered with the portal to sell 7,31,431 products and services.

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Mains Paper 2: Governance

Prelims level: e Marketplace

Mains level: Women empowerment schemes

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