The programme was organised by the Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India and the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI).
New Delhi: Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah Tuesday launched the onboarding of cooperatives on the government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal in New Delhi.
The programme was organised by the Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India and the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) and attended by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for Cooperation and North East Region Development B L Verma and NCUI President Dilip Sanghani and other dignitaries.
In his address, Shah said, “Today is a very important day in Indian history. In 1942, on August 9, Gandhiji began the Quit India Movement against British Rule and today another important work is being done on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on August 9, in which access to GeM has been given to cooperative societies in the country.”
He added, “There is immense potential in the cooperative sector and the GeM portal will be a very useful platform for the expansion of this sector. Most of units of the government buy through GeM, so cooperatives should also start preparing for registration for supply on GeM to increase their market.” He also appealed to the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) to expand marketing of cooperatives and said for this, there can be no better way than the GeM.
Shah said the sector has been neglected since Independence but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is accelerating its expansion with historic reforms and modernisation. Under the leadership of Modi, the Ministry of Cooperation has taken a number of measures for expansion and in the last year, the ministry has been continuously working on 25 to 30 initiatives.