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94003-08-2020
Maligaon
Indian Railways gears up to boost mission Atma Nirbhar Bharat

Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Shri Piyush Goyal reviewed the steps to promote Make
in India products in procurement process of Indian Railways as well as Government of India.
During the meeting, Shri Piyush Goyal urged to take measures to generate confidence in industry of
corruption free and transparent procurement environment o­n Indian Railways.
While reviewing the steps to promote Make in India products in procurement process, it was
emphasised to increase the participation of local vendors in procurement process. It was also decided to that
local content clause in the procurement should be such that we may get more bids from local
vendors/suppliers. This would also give a boost to mission Atma Nirbhar Bharat. Active support of DPIIT
was sought to make suitable policy revisions, if required, to facilitate the efforts of Indian Railways in this
direction.
It was felt that encouragement needs to be given to such vendors who can supply higher locally
manufactured content. It was also suggested to create a FAQ section and a helpline number so that vendors
may get clarity o­n various issues relating to procurement process.
Detailed presentation was made by the Member (Materials Management), Railway Board o­n
enhancing Make in India and steps being taken to procure through GeM along with the progress made.
The review meeting was also attended by Minister of State of Railways Shri Suresh C Angadi, Railway
Board Members, CEO/GeM and representatives of DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce.
A need for devising strategies for further increasing the participation of Indian service providers and
component manufacturers was felt. Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a highly innovative idea in public
procurement, across the globe. Shri Goyal emphasised the need to do Railway goods and services
procurements of approximately Rs. Seventy thousand crores o­n GeM platform to open up the market to
industry even at remote places and specially MSMEs.
Indian Railways, o­ne of the largest procurement agencies of the Government of India, is integrating its
procurement systems with GeM to use GeM’s full potential. The department shared the timelines for
integration of Indian Railway e-Procurement system with GeM. Railway emphasised the need to have a
seamless integration of the two systems eliminating need for any manual interface. Strength of both the
systems i.e. Railways IREPS and GeM should be productively leveraged to generate synergy to take the
Railways procurement to GeM’s full potential.
Post integration GeM is intended to move further in the direction of becoming single point public
procurement portal for all agencies of Government of India.
During the meeting ways and means to create a corruption free public procurement environment in
India were discussed in which Ministry of Railways, DPIIT and GeM have extremely important roles to play.
The need for engagement of industry for developing more indigenous vendors to participate in the growth
journey of the Indian Railways was emphasised in the deliberations.
During the presentation, it was decided that Railways would work more towards having a user-friendly
single step vendor web based interface for all its activities. The website should, transparently, provide every
interested vendor a clear idea of how to do business with Indian Railways. The website should have all
relevant information to generate confidence of corruption free and transparent environment o­n Indian
Railways.



(Subhanan Chanda)
CPRO/N.F. Railway




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