GeM takes a number of initiatives for procurement of goods and services by Government departments in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic

Government e-Marketplace (GeM), a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has taken a number of initiatives in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic. GeM, which operates a dynamic, self-sustaining and user friendly portal for procurement of goods and services by Government offices, has taken steps to enable quick, efficient, transparent and cost-effective purchases in this hour of need. Procurement on GeM has been authorized by General Financial Rules by making necessary changes in government rules. Presently more than 7400 products in about 150 product categories and hiring of transport service are available on GeM portal. GeM is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-market place that enables procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.


The steps taken recently are as follows:

  1. A dedicated page for COVID 19 related categories has been created on GeM:
  2. Following categories have been created for medical supplies in addition to the 32 existing ones and are live on GeM:
    1. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Sample Collection Kit
    2. Reusable vinyl/rubber gloves (cleaning)
    3. Eye protection (visor/goggles)
    4. Disposable thermometers.
    5. Single-use towels
    6. UV tube light for sterilization.
    7. Surgical Isolation Face Shield
    8. Medical waste incinerator


  1. Following categories have been created for auxiliary supplies in addition to 52 categories and 7 services that existed:
    1. General purpose tool kit
    2. Wrought aluminum utensils


  1. With this, all categories recommended by NITI Ayog in medical and auxiliary supplies are now on GeM. All OEMs, resellers and suppliers for the above newly created categories are being identified for onboarding on GeM.
  2. The total number of COVID-19 related  categories on GeM as on date are:
Total 173
Medical Related 120
Auxiliary 53


Detailed list of categories for medical and auxiliary supplies are enclosed at Annexure – 1 and Annexure – 2 respectively.


  1. The timelines and status of various interventions for ease of procurement for COVID-19 related items are as follows-
  1. Shorter duration Bids with shorter delivery period for specific categories. Bid Cycle for COVID-19 related categories has been reduced to 3 days from existing 10 days. Buyers would also be able to reduce the Delivery Period for such items to 2 days considering the time critical nature of the items. This is already live on the portal.
  2. Filter for Delivery Lead Time selection by buyer in  L1 buying. Will be live by 1 April 2020
  3. Prioritization of Product/Brand Approval for Covid Specific Categories. Will be live by 28 March 2020
  4. New business rule for controlling price increase. Will be live by 1 April 2020
  5. Allow Delivery Period Extension 30 days beyond expiry of original Delivery Period. Will be live by 28 March 2020.
  6. New business rule to stock out sellers who do not update stock within 48 hours of notification for specific categories. This is already live.
  7. New page for tracking COVID-19 categories and the number of sellers. Will be live by 28 March 2020.


  1. The World Bank increased procurement threshold at GeM for COVID 19 Response Project, from $ 1 Lakh to $ 1 Million.


  1. Seller Onboarding:
    1. OEMs & Sellers have been identified for eight new COVID categories
    2. Relevant medical categories were searched on GeM and outside GeM.  Targeted mailers were sent to appx. 10,000 sellers including OEMs.  Mail content detailed new Covid-19 categories and prioritization introduced by GeM  in brand & product approval process for faster onboarding.
    3. OEMs & sellers have also been contacted telephonically.  200+ such sellers have been engaged.  They have been informed about the new Covid-19 categories created by GeM and have been asked to onboard.  OEMs have been asked to ask their resellers to onboard and hold sufficient inventory levels.
    4. OEMs & Sellers have been exhorted to view the current situation as an opportunity and contribute in whatever way they can to the requirements of a national health emergency.
    5. OEMs/Sellers outside GeM have also been guided on how to get in contact with regional business facilitators.
    6. OEMs are being sensitised about the orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, exempted businesses and various SOPs.  Online link: has also been shared.
    7. Brand approval & product approval requests from OEMs/Sellers have been accorded topmost priority and have been cleared on the same day.

Annexure – 1

List of categories for medical supplies

S. No. Item
1 Ventilators
2 Alcohol based hand-rub
3 Face shield (eye, nose & mouth protection)
4 N95 Masks
5 Latex single use gloves (clinical)
6 Reusable vinyl / rubber gloves (cleaning)
7 Eye protection (visor / goggles)
8 Protective Gowns / Aprons
9 Disposable thermometers
10 UV tube light for sterilization
11 Medical masks (surgical / procedure)
12 Detergent / Disinfectant
13 Detergent / Disinfectant
14 Detergent / Disinfectant
15 Single use towels
16 Biohazard bags
17 Wheel Chair
18 Glucometer with strips
19 Hard-frozen Gel Packs
20 Sample Collection Kit
21 Thermocool box / Ice-box
22 Stretcher
23 Stretcher
24 Thermal scanners
25 Batteries for thermal scanners
26 BP apparatus
27 IV Sets
28 IV Cannula
29 IV Stand
30 Ambulance
31 First aid
32 Medical Waste Incinerator
33 ICU Beds
34 Cardiac monitors
35 Syringe pumps
36 Syringe pumps
37 Portable x ray machines
38 Endotracheal tube
39 Suction tube
40 Suction tube
41 Oxygen cylinders

Annexure – 2

List of categories for auxiliary supplies

S. No. Item
1 Soap
2 Rubb Hall Tents
3 Chairs/Benches
4 Tables/Desks
5 Printer
6 Computer
7 Extension Boards
8 Matches
9 Candles
10 ID for Patients
11 ID for  volunteers
12 Flyer – information booklet
13 White board + markers
14 Garbage bags, bins
15 Drinking Water+ Dispenser (4)
16 Cleaning items (Brooms)
17 Cleaning items (Mop)
18 Fire extinguisher
19 E Toilet
20 Genset / Back up
21 Whistle
22 Tool set – basic
23 Registration details – sticker/printer
24 Mattresses
25 Foldable Cots / Beds
26 Bed sheets
27 Pillows
28 Pillow Covers
29 Towels
30 Rubber Sheets
31 Blankets
32 Emergency Lamp
33 Laundry (Detergents)
34 Refrigerator – smallest
35 Tokens with number
36 Mosquito Repellent
37 Sanitary Pads
38 Diapers – kids
39 Steel Plates
40 Steel Glasses
41 Spoons
42 Jugs
43 Stove – Big
44 Large vessels
45 Buckets
46 Mugs
47 Tissue paper
48 Smaller bins
49 Paper
50 Pen
51 Stapler
52 Stapler Pins
53 Box file
54 Letterhead

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