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Government e-marketplace (GeM) portal

7th April, 2021 Economy

Context: Utilisation of government’s e-procurement portal to reflect in IAS, IPS officers performance report.


  • The portal facilitates online procurement of common use goods and services by various government Ministries or Departments.
  • Procurement of goods and services through GeM portal has been made mandatory by the Centre for the goods and services available on the website.
  • The GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement and achieve the best value for money

New practice:

  • The utilisation of government e-marketplace (GeM) portal for procurement of goods and service will be reflected in annual performance appraisal reports of IAS and IPS officers.
  • To ensure that this digital e-commerce portal is appropriately utilised by all the Ministries/Departments, it has been decided that a reflection of the work done through GeM by the Officer Reported Upon (ORU) shall be made in the Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) of all India service officers working in all the Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.
  • There are three all India services – Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
  • The ORUs, who are handling procurement from GeM portal in their Ministry/Department, while recording self-appraisal in APAR form, shall specify the total Budget allocated for procurement and indicate total procurement through the portal made by him/her during the period of report and steps taken for promotion of GeM among others.
  • The Reporting and Reviewing officers shall take into account the performance of ORU in accordance with the extant instructions in force during the period of report.