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माननीय प्रधानमंत्री ने राष्ट्र की स्वतंत्रता के 75 वर्ष पूर्ण हो जाने पर वर्ष 2022 तक सभी के लिए आवास की परिकल्पना की है। इस उद्येश्य की प्राप्ति के लिए केन्द्र सरकार ने एंक व्यापक मिशन "2022 तक सबके लिए आवास" शुरू किया है। 25 जून 2015 को प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने इस बहुप्रतीक्षित योजना को प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के नाम से प्रारम्भ किया है।
Hon’ble Prime Minister envisioned housing for All by 2022 when the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence. In order to achieve this objective, Central Government has launched a comprehensive mission “Housing for All by 2022”. This much awaited scheme has been launched by the Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi on 25th June, 2015 as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

2019-02-19

Ships built in India to get priority in chartering under revised guidelines of Shipping Ministry

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry of Shipping

Ships built in India to get priority in chartering under revised guidelines of Shipping Ministry

Shri Nitin Gadkari to launch the new policy during the  Regional maritime safety conference in Mumbai tomorrow

Over 30 delegates from South and South East Asian countries to participate in the two day conference

Posted On: 18 FEB 2019 12:43PM by PIB Delhi

In a big step to promote the Make in India initiative and incentivize ship building activity in the country, the Ministry of Shipping has revised its guidelines for chartering of ships by providing Right of First Refusal ( RoFR) to ships built in India. Henceforth, whenever a tendering process is undertaken to charter a vessel, a bidder offering a ship built in India will be given the first priority to match the L1 quote. It is expected that this priority given to ships built in India will raise the demand for such vessels, providing them with additional market access and business support.

A policy in this regard will be launched by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in Mumbai tomorrow during the inauguration of the two day Regional Maritime Safety Conference.

Prior to the revision of the guidelines, the RoFR was reserved for Indian flag vessels as per the relevant provisions of Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. The existing licensing conditions have been reviewed in consonance with the Government of India’s policy of promoting the Make in India initiative and the Public Procurement and Make in India orders dated 15.6.2017 and 28.05.2018 issued by DIPP. The review is also in line with the need to give a long term strategic boost to the domestic shipbuilding industry, the need to encourage the domestic shipping industry to support the domestic shipbuilding industry, and the need to develop self- reliance and a strong synergy between these vital industries for the overall long term development and economic growth of the country.

The Ministry of Shipping has also laid down eligibility conditions and rules for exercise of the RoFR. The RoFR would be exercised only in case the vessel being offered for charter by the lowest bidder (L1) has been built outside India.  For any bidder to exercise RoFR, his bid should be within the Margin of Purchase Preference, which will be 20% of L1. The two instances under which the RoFR may be exercised are that the L1 bidder is a Foreigner or Company registered outside India, offering a ship not built in India and the L1 bidder is a Citizen of India OR company registered in India OR Society registered in India OR Indian Shipping company/organization with a vessel registered/flagged in India, offering a ship not built in India. From amongst the bidders eligible to exercise RoFR, the priority to exercise this Right would lie in sequence from the lowest to the highest bidder within the margin of purchase preference.

The Government of India has taken several steps to promote shipbuilding in India especially by providing long term subsidy for under the Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy (2016-2026). Budgetary provision of Rs. 30 crore was earmarked in 2018-19 for providing financial assistance to all Indian Shipyards, excluding Defence Shipyards. An amount of Rs.11.89crore has already been disbursed to three shipyards.

The Regional Maritime Safety Conference is being organized by India for the first time  .  The objective of the conference is to deliberate on issues related to assuring maritime safety in the India-ASEAN sub region, safeguarding our shores and promoting trade along the sea routes. The conference will address a wide range of issues that affect regional maritime safety, including transport safety, maritime law, ship building, transportation of hazardous goods, marine oil spill,  pollution and environmental safety. The inaugural edition is being organised by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) in coordination with the Ministry of Shipping and the Ministry of External Affairs.

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Source : PIB

Panic Button becomes available to women with launch of ERSS and pan-India Emergency number 112

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry of Women and Child Development

Panic Button becomes available to women with launch of ERSS and pan-India Emergency number 112

Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal also launched

Rs. 78.86 crores announced to strengthen DNA analysis capacities of four State Forensic Science laboratories for speedy investigation of rape cases

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 5:31PM by PIB Delhi

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi here today jointly launched the Women Safety initiative of Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) in 16 States/UTs and Mumbai city. People in these states and UTs can now call a single pan India number 112 for any emergency. In addition, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal were also launched. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said launch of ERSS is a “milestone in women safety in the country.”

The 16 States/UTs where the ERSS has been launched today are Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, J&K.

Home Minister, welcoming the joint effort of Ministries of WCD and MHA in preparation and launch of these women safety initiatives, called on the States for effective implementation of these initiatives to make them a success. He cited various initiatives of MHA towards improving women safety after creation of Women Safety Division in MHA.

Highlighting the importance of ERSS, he said that very soon it will be implemented across the whole country. One can dial 112 or use Panic Button on their phones or 112 India Mobile App to connect to a single emergency services number 112 which will combine Police, Fire, Health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre in the State. He also congratulated the agencies and volunteers for their contribution in making it a successful campaign of enhancing the ecosystem of women safety in the country.

Union Home Minister also announced approval of Rs. 78.76 crore for a special project under the Nirbhaya Fund for strengthening DNA analysis capacities in the State Forensic Science Laboratories of four States of Tamil Nadu (Chennai and Madurai), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Agra), West Bengal (Kolkata) and Maharashtra ( Mumbai). He said that this effort will help in speedy investigation of rape cases.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Menaka Sanjay Gandhi appreciated the support of Home Ministry in preparing these women safety projects. She thanked Shri Rajnath Singh for sanctioning funds to strengthen six Forensic Science Laboratories for quick investigation in rape cases and sought provision of investigation kits at every police station in the country specially at the One Stop Centres. The WCD Minister highlighted the success of the flagship programme of the Government ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, which set the actual and initial pace for responding to violence against women from the womb stage itself.

In his address, the Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba said that these initiatives could prove to be a “game changer” if implanted effectively by the states. He further said that time-bound disposal of cases against women is the most important component in implementing these projects.

Secretary, WCD Shri Rakesh Srivastava enumerated the various critical initiatives of WCD Ministry to create an ecosystem of complete safety for women.

ERSS had already been successfully implemented in the States of Himachal of Pradesh and Nagaland.

The emergency response system can be triggered in the following manners:-

a. On the smart phones, the power button (which is dedicated panic button) when pressed three times      quickly.
b. Dialing 112 from any phone.
c. In case of feature phones, long press of the touch key 5 or 9.
d. Using 112 India Mobile App which is available for free downloading.
e. For women and children, 112 India App provides a special SHOUT feature which alerts registered      volunteers in the vicinity of victim for immediate assistance

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Source : PIB

Textiles Minister Launches four projects in North East for the development of Silk Sector

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry of Textiles

Textiles Minister Launches four projects in North East for the development of Silk Sector

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 1:50PM by PIB Delhi

Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, launched four projectsin North East for the development of silk sector through video conference in New Delhi today. Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated Muga silk seed production centre in Tura, Meghalaya, silk printing and processing unit in Agartala, Tripura, Eri spun silk mill in Sangaipat, Imphal and development of sericulture in Mamit, Mizoram. The Minister also inaugurated new office building of Weavers Service Centres (WSC) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Kannur, Kerala. She interacted with the people’s representatives, officials and farmers and urged them to generate awareness among the farmers and weavers about loan schemes available under MUDRA YOJANA and recently announced income support programme for farmers – PM Kisan and pension scheme for workers in unorganized sector- Pradhan Mantri Sram Yogi Mandhan Yojna. 

Muga Silkworm Seed Production Centre (SSPC), Tura, Meghalaya is one of the projects taken up directly by Centre Silk Board(CSB) for implementation under Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) of NERTPS for creation of seed infrastructure units in NE States. The infrastructure facilities available presently with the State are insufficient to meet the demand of required quantity of Muga basic seed.The creation of additional Muga SSPC in Tura will strengthen the Muga seed sector to make the State self-sufficient for production and supply of Muga silkworm seed. The seed production capacity of the unit is one lakh commercial dfls per year and around 300 farmers will be covered directly. 

Silk Printing & Processing unitin Agartala, Tripura has been setup at a total project cost of Rs.3.71 crore for production, printing and processing of 1.5 lakh meter silk per annum.The project has been implemented directly by the state in coordination with CSBand is ready to commence production process. Textiles printing is a process in which designs are printed on the textiles material using various methods and techniques and done on finished fabrics. These printed fabrics are used for sarees,dress materials, home furnishings and upholstery. Most of the fabrics produced on handlooms and powerlooms in Tripura are sent to Kolkata, Bengaluru, Bhagalpur and other places for value addition by processing and printing. This unit will lead to higher and sustainable growth in the entire textile value chain from fiber to finished products in the State and improve the local weaver artisans.

Eri Spun Silk Millin Sangaipat, Imphal East, Manipur was approved with a total project cost of Rs.21.53 crore was approved in September 2018and will be implemented directly by the State in co-coordination with CSB.Around 65% of Eri cocoons produced in Manipur are converted into yarn within the State through conventional spinning device Takli, Pedal operated and Motorised Eri Spinning machines. The rest of around 35% of Eri cocoons is marketed outside the statewithout value addition resulting in less income to farmers.

The installed production capacity of Mill is 55 MT of quality Eri spun silk yarn by consuming about 74 MT of Eri cocoons per annum. The expected turnover at installed capacity utilization of 80% during the 1st year is around Rs.10.00 crore with a net profit of Rs.3.00 crore. The project is expected to generate direct employment to 107 persons throughout the year and indirect employment to around 1,500 Eri farmers through the backward linkage and around 730 weavers through forward linkage.

The project for development of sericulture in the aspirational district of Mamit, Mizoram, was approved with a total cost of Rs.11.56 crore, which includes Government of India share of Rs.10.82 crore. The project will be implemented directly by the statein co-coordination with CSB.Mamit is one of the aspirational districtsidentified by NITI Aayog for overall development from 2018-19 onwards. This includes 14 districts in NE region covering all 8 NE States.



The project is for development of Eri culture in Mizoram which will focus on creation of pre & post cocoon activities linkage from raising of silkworm food plant, rearing house, silkworm rearing activities, spinning, weaving along with capacity building. It will also help the tribal people by providing employment as well as increase productivity along with high quality cocoons, yarns and quality finished products. The project covers 684 beneficiaries and would generate employment of 3,250 man-year.It is estimated that established Eri plantation of 500 acres (400 acres new plantation and 100 acres existing plantation) will earn revenue of around Rs.60,000/- to 70,000/- per acre/annum depending upon the cocoon rates and including the selling of pupae.

WSC, Kannur was established in 1972 and was functioning from hired premises. Construction work commenced in October, 2016 and has been completed in February, 2019 at a total cost of Rs.228.53 lakh.

WSC, Indore was established in 1962 and was running from hired premises. Construction work of the new building commenced in October, 2017 and was completed in December, 2018 at a total cost of Rs.209.43 lakh.

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Source : PIB

Shri Nitin Gadkari to Inaugurate and Lay Foundation Stones for Road and Namami Gange Projects in Western Uttar Pradesh Tomorrow

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Shri Nitin Gadkari to Inaugurate and Lay Foundation Stones for Road and Namami Gange Projects in Western Uttar Pradesh Tomorrow

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 6:11PM by PIB Delhi

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for 510 km length of NH works amounting to Rs 5094 crore in Moradabad, Meerut and Baghpat in Western Uttar Pradesh tomorrow. He will also lay the foundation for several projects under Namami Gange at these places. He will be accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

At Moradabad, the Minister will inaugurate the 146 km long two-lane with paved shoulders Aligarh to Moradabad NH-93 built at a cost of Rs 645 crore, and will lay the foundation stone for the 100 km long six-lane Hapur Bypass to Moradabad section of NH-24 to be constructed at a cost of Rs 2141 crore.

At Meerut, he will lay the foundation stone for three projects. These are: the 88 km long four-lane Meerut-Budhana-Shamli-UP/Haryana Border (Karnal) section of NH-709A to be built at a cost of Rs 708 crore, the 54 km long four-lane Meerut-Najeebabad section of NH-119 at a cost of Rs 1022 crore, and construction of additional facilities on 78 km long Meerut-Muzaffarnagar section of NH at a cost of Rs 207 crore.

At Baghpat, Shri Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for the construction of 44 km long two-lane with paved shoulders Meerut-Baghpat-UP/Haryana Border (Sonipat) section of NH-334B to be built at a cost of Rs 371 crore.

Shri Gadkari will also initiate the development of sewage treatment projects under Namami Gange programme at these places. At Moradabad, which is famous for its brass handicrafts industry, the sewerage system and 58 MLD STP are under construction for Zone-I of the town at an estimated cost of Rs 279.91 crore. For sewerage Zone-II, STP and I&D project is proposed at a total cost of Rs 118.69 crore including 15 years of O&M cost. This project for Zone-II envisages tapping four drains, laying of conveyance system for these drains, construction of IPS, MPS and STP. The project will lead to cleaning of River Ramganga.

In Meerut, the programme for pollution abatement of Kali river has been sanctioned with total estimated cost of Rs. 1039.06 crore. The river has been polluted significantly due to discharge of untreated/ or partially treated sewage disposed off through three drains. The proposed project includes construction of 2 I&D structures., rising main & I&D network, 1 new MPS, construction of new STP of 200 MLD capacity, and 14 MLD treatment capacity decentralized treatment/geosynthetic dewatering tube/ enhancement primary coagulation or any other treatment methods qualifying the regulatory norms.  The project, to be implemented within 24 months, includes 15 years O&M. It is being taken at a cost of Rs 681.78 crore (Capital Cost - Rs. 41.38 crore; O&M Cost -  Rs. 35.98 crore).

At Baghpat, which lies along River Yamuna, it is proposed for Interception & Diversion of four drains falling into river Yamuna by laying of intercepting trunk sewer of length 2.52 km and treating sewage at 14 MLD STP. The project to be implemented within 18 months, includes 15 years O&M. It is being taken up at a cost of Rs 77.36 crore (Capital Cost - Rs. 41.38 crore; O&M Cost -  Rs. 35.98 crore).

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Source : PIB

Department of Justice Launches Tele-Law: Mobile Application & Dashboard and Nyaya Bandhu(Pro Bono Legal Services)Mobile Application.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry Of Law & Justice

Department of Justice Launches Tele-Law: Mobile Application & Dashboard and Nyaya Bandhu(Pro Bono Legal Services)Mobile Application.

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 4:57PM by PIB Delhi

The Government is trying to make every citizen get justice and efforts are on to ensure that road to justice is available at the door step. Union Minister for Law and Justice and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said this here today while launching mobile application and dashboard and Nyaya Bandhu mobile application. He said policy of this Government is to ensure empowerment of common man by popularizing technology to a level that it becomes a instrument of change.

He said  with  this purpose  Government  has  directed that CSC be  permitted to  extend its services  for  tele-law throughout the country. He said a pilot project in this regard has proved useful and more than 50,000 affected people have already availed this service in the States of UP, Bihar and J&K.

He said to encouraging social service among law fraternity, the collegium should consider introducing provision for getting preference in appointment as judge if  the  advocate has  substantive  credit of providing  pro-bono service.

Benefit from towards fulfilling the Constitutional commitment under Article 39A for providing Access to Justice to all and aiming to realize the government mandate of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Nyaya, Department of Justice (DoJ) has successfully endeavored to spearhead its two key programmes namely Tele –Law:  Mainstreaming Legal Aid through Common Service Centers and Nyaya Bandhu (Pro Bono Legal Services), through leveraging with different technology based channels to boost legal advice and aid in the country.

Harnessing the advancements in technological interventions, DoJ is innovating with solutions and identifying platforms to provide legal advice and aid, that is not only accessible, but also responsive to the needs of different segments of the population. Making a headway with this vision, in order to promote the expansion and penetration of Tele-Law online legal advice and consultation in the far flung and remote corners in the entire country, a mobile application has been developed for Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs). This mobile application will enable the PLVs to perform on field pre – registration of cases with a facility to seek appointment from the Panel lawyer on preferred date and time, in coordination with Village Level entrepreneur (VLE) at the CSC. The application will benefit 73,000 PLVs of National Legal Service Authority and State Legal Services Authorities (SLSA) in the country who will be associated under Tele-Law service.

This mobile application is integrated with a Dashboard created to confirm and register the pre-registered cases, to enable online interface between the beneficiary and the panel lawyer stationed at SLSAs through video conferencing and telephone facility available at each CSC and to measure the progress of advice enabled to the beneficiary, to all its key stakeholders that include Department of Justice (DoJ), CSC- e Governance Services India Limited (CSC e-Gov), National Legal Service Authority (NALSA)in a decentralized manner.

Till January, 2019, it has resulted in enabling legal advice to 49,192 beneficiaries that include 36,526 (Women), 7049 (SC) and 13970 (ST) in 11 states namely Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and all North-Eastern states and the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Moreover, lack of availability and affordability of quality legal representation erodes the very edifice of providing justice to all and questions the effectiveness of justice delivery mechanism. On the one hand there is significant number of lawyers who would be interested to volunteer their time and money in providing their services as a pro bono, but may not be able to perform due to a lack of common platform to serve the unserved. So far, 391 lawyers have registered to provide pro bono services and 341 cases have been registered on the already available online web service for this purpose.  Thus to accelerate and facilitate the practicing advocates to register and connect  with the registered eligible beneficiaries Nyaya Bandhu ( Pro Bono Legal Service) mobile application is developed to solidify the pro bono culture in the country

To increase opportunities and benefits under these programmes, DoJ in collaboration with DAVP is carrying out extensive outreach and publicity campaign. In about identified 937 locations that include spaces near the district courts, bus shelters, auto hood wraps, public convenience etc., and in 730 retail outlets of Oil marketing companies, information about the above two programmes has been displayed through Hoardings. In addition to the above, Posters and Flyers are displayed and distributed to reach and educate the masses in the gram panchayat of 1800 CSCs in 11 States (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and all North-Eastern states and the State of Jammu and Kashmir).

Source : PIB

Pan-India Emergency Number ‘112’ launched

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry of Home Affairs

Pan-India Emergency Number ‘112’ launched

Union Home Minister calls for effective implementation of Women’s Safety projects

Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal also launched

MHA approves Rs. 78.86 crores to strengthen DNA analysis capacities of four State Forensic Science Laboratories 

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 3:23PM by PIB Delhi

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka  Sanjay Gandhi here today jointly launched the Women Safety initiative of Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) in 16 States/UTs and Mumbai city. People in these states and UTs can now call a single pan India number 112 for any emergency. In addition, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal were also launched. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said launch of ERSS is a “milestone in women safety in the country.”

The 16 States/UTs where the ERSS has been launched today are Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, J&K.

Home Minister, welcoming the joint effort of Ministries of WCD and MHA in preparing and launching these women safety initiatives, called on the States for effective implementation of these initiatives to make them a success. He also called for continued coordination among the various oraganisations and officials engaged in operationalisation of these projects in Police, Judiciary, Civil Administration and the volunteers. He cited various initiatives of MHA towards improving women safety after creation of Women Safety Division in MHA.

Shri Rajnath Singh said, “to improve the ecosystem of women safety in the country, we have to not only strengthen the Judicial System but also to change the mind-set of the society towards women”. He said that women safety is a sensitive issue and each one in the society should take responsibility for it so that women can equally and freely contribute for strengthening the economy, politics and society of the country.

Highlighting the importance of ERSS, he said that very soon it will be implemented across the whole country. He said that people need not remember multiple helpline numbers. One can dial 112 or use Panic Button on their phones or 112 India Mobile App to connect to a single emergency services number 112 which will combine Police, Fire, Health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre in the State. He also congratulated the agencies and volunteers for their contribution in making it a successful campaign of enhancing the ecosystem of women safety in the country.

Union Home Minister also announced approval of Rs. 78.76 crore for a special project under the Nirbhaya Fund for strengthening DNA analysis capacities in the State Forensic Science Laboratories of four States of Tamil Nadu (Chennai and Madurai), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Agra), West Bengal (Kolkata) and Maharashtra ( Mumbai). He said that this effort will help in speedy investigation of rape cases.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Menaka Sanjay Gandhi appreciated the assistance of Home Ministry in preparing these women safety projects. She thanked Shri Rajnath Singh for sanctioning funds to strengthen six Forensic Science Laboratories for quick investigation in rape cases and sought provision of investigation kits at every police station in the country specially at the One Stop Centres.

In his address, the Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba said that these initiatives could prove to be a “game changer” if implanted effectively by the states. He further said that time-bound disposal of cases against women is the most important component in implementing these projects.

He said the Government has launched these initiatives to provide effective deterrence against the offence of rape, besides enactment of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018. And for effective implementation of the Act, the measures to strengthen investigation and prosecution machinery will instil a sense of security amongst women.

ERSS had already been successfully implemented in the States of Himachal of Pradesh and Nagaland.

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Source : PIB

Commerce Minister launches ‘SWAYATT’ on GeM

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 0
Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Commerce Minister launches ‘SWAYATT’ on GeM

Posted On: 19 FEB 2019 5:34PM by PIB Delhi

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, launched SWAYATT in New Delhi today.  SWAYATT is an initiative to promote Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through eTransactions on Government e Marketplace (GeM). This will bring together the key stakeholders within the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem to Government e-Marketplace the national procurement portal.

On this occasion, Commerce Minister also dedicated GeM Start-up Runway-an initiative of GeM in association with Start -up India to facilitate Start-ups registered with Start -up India to access the public procurement market and sell innovative products and services to government buyers.

Suresh Prabhu also felicitated a few successful entrepreneurs from Women Self Help Groups, Start-ups and MSMEs in GeM.

Speaking on the occasion Commerce Minister said, Suresh Prabhu appreciated the achievements of GeM reaching out and empowering these diverse groups and reiterated the need to support and strengthen such initiatives and enterprises which constitute the backbone of the Indian economy. He also appreciated the event for impressively showcasing many such successful efforts of SHGs, Start-ups, Women enterprises, MSMEs partnering GeM.

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, C.R. Chaudhary, released a movie on GeM SWAYATT and expressed hope that the national launch of SWAYATT would further seek to promote inclusiveness by catapulting various categories of sellers and service providers, take proactive steps to facilitate the training and registrations of such specific category of manufacturers and sellers, develop women entrepreneurship and encourage participation of MSME sector and Start-ups in public procurement.

CEO GeM, Radha Chauhan, introduced the concept of SWAYATT and Start-up Runway.

The event which was web cast LIVE across the country, witnessed enthusiastic participation from all over India including policy makers, social activists, artisans, women entrepreneurs, and start-ups who will work to ensure market linkages for these sections in public procurement.

Women Self Help Groups, Start-ups, and Government Organization had exhibited 24 stalls at the venue.  The event partners included various Ministries like Women & Child Development, Electronics & IT, MSME, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Rural Development and Skill Development apart from industry associations financial institutions, autonomous bodies like NSIC, KVIC, CCIC and SPVs - Invest India and Start-up India.

GeM Start-up Runway seeks to align certified Start-ups with Government procurement orders and contracts, to enable Start-ups in scaling operations from ideation to growth stage in minimal time, and spur hyper-local job-creation and wealth-generation and for achieving socially-inclusive economic growth.

While Government has relaxed norms in Public Procurement for Start-ups by exempting them from prior experience, prior turnover and Earnest Money Deposit [EMD] stipulations, subject to meeting of quality and technical specifications, product comparison and price discovery are two major constraints for Government buyers in procuring innovative products from Start-ups.

Start-up Runway will enable Start-ups to conduct market trials with government buyers, seek time-bound feedback and gain realistic product, price comparison and market valuation from potential buyers and investors.

Certified Start-ups will register on GeM portal as a seller with their DPIIT number, provide basic description about the performance of their products/services along with the Test Certificates of quality, their functional utility and specify potential user Ministry/ departments where these products can be used.

Ministries and departments will be sensitised proactively through system generated messages/ alerts in Marketplace about availability of such innovative products on the portal  Potential buyers can evaluate these products and services with respect to their utility, uniqueness with respect to design, process and concept, and provide feedback in a time-bound interval and manner. Innovative products with 3+ ratings on a rating scale of (1-5) from 3 or more buyers will be accepted for listing as a regular product or service on GeM

Approximately 1,516 Start-ups are presently registered on GeM with 12,915 products to offer and have received more than 5,000 orders till date.

GeM Start-up Runway seeks to support technology development, spur research and innovation by ensuring a conducive policy environment for industrial diversification and value addition to commodities, and aligns with Government’s philosophy to turn Job-seekers into job-creators.

GeM Start-up Runway will address goals and objectives under United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Government e Marketplace, an online market place for procurement of common use goods and services by government ministries, departments and CPSEs was setup in 2016 and has 801,956 products and 5,197 services, with 199,654 registered sellers, service providers and 33,536 government buyers.  Since inception, GeM has processed 1,386,030 orders worth Rs. 19,214 crore in gross merchandise value.

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Source : PIB
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