1.44 Lakh Women Sellers Complete Orders on GeM Since 2019

1.44 Lakh Women Sellers Complete Orders on GeM Since 2019

The Centre’s public procurement initiative, Government eMarketplace (GeM) has registered over 1.44 lakh Udyam-verified women-led micro and small enterprises (MSEs) under the Womaniya programme launched in 2019.

Women MSE sellers have fulfilled over 14.76 lakh orders worth ₹21,265 crore in gross merchandise value since the beginning of the programme. They now have a share of 74% in the order value of products sold on GeM and 26% in the order value of service categories, informed the Union Commerce Ministry in a recent data shared.

The Womaniya programme encourages women entrepreneurs and self-help groups (SHGs) from the informal sector to sell via GeM. Its other objectives are to help them access public procurement markets, and work towards achieving gender-inclusive economic growth of under-served seller groups such as women-owned and led MSEs, tribal entrepreneurs, divyangjan, start-ups, SHGs, artisan and weavers.

Procurement worth Rs 42,564 crore was made by government departments and CPSEs from MSEs in financial year 2022-23 so far, of which 0.96% share – worth Rs 1,205 crore – came from women MSEs against a 3% annual target, said the official data.

The top product categories with the maximum number of women entrepreneurs were desktop computers, smartphones, special purpose telephones (smartphone for Integrated Child Development Service – ICDS), and hopper tipper dumper. The top 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, according to the government data.