Piyush Goyal invites startups to register on public procurement portal GeM

Piyush Goyal invites startups to register on public procurement portal GeM

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday invited startups to register at public procurement portal GeM and offer goods as well as services to government organisations and PSUs.

He said that about 4,000 startups have already registered at Government e-marketplace (GeM).

�I invite all startups to list their products and start offering goods and services to government organisations, PSUs, state government bodies, hospitals, schools, and colleges run by the government,� Goyal said at the first edition of the National Startup Awards 2020 event.

He added that huge potential is there for startups in areas including railways, airport services, food processing, education, healthcare, agriculture, electronics and defence, and that about Rs 4,000 crore was already disbursed through Fund of Funds for startups, to about 361 startups.

The minister also called for creating a large pool of language interpreters as huge demand is there for them in missions abroad and other places.

He said that for a long time, ministries including external affairs, commerce and tourism are grappling with the need to have a large number of interpreters.