Saras Collection launched on the Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal 

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  • May 7, 2020
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Saras Collection launched on the Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Governance 

In News: 

  • Recently, the Indian government launched the Saras Collection on the Government e Marketplace (GeM) portal. 
  • It is a unique initiative by the GeMDeendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) and Ministry of Rural Development. 

Key takeaways: 

  • It shall showcase daily utility products made by rural Self-Help Groups (SHGs).  
  • It aims to provide SHGs with market access to Central and State Government buyers. 
  • The initiative is first launched in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. 
  • It shall cover other states in the upcoming phases. 
  • It will do away with intermediaries in the supply chain and ensure better prices for SHGs.  

Important value additions:  

Government e-Marketplace 

  • It is a National Procurement Portal to facilitate online procurement of common use goods and services required by various central and state government departments/organizations/public sector undertakings (PSUs). 
  • It was launched in 2016 to bring transparency and efficiency in the procurement.  
  • It functions under Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 

Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana or DAY  

  • It is a Government of India scheme for helping the poor by providing skill training in both rural and urban areas as per requisite international standards. 
  • The Government of India has provisioned ₹500 crore (US$70 million) for the scheme. 

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