Fact Check: Did Govt Make 'Country Of Origin' Label Mandatory on Products For GeM Platform?

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that Information about 'Country of Origin' by the sellers is now mandatory on Government e-Marketplace (GeM)

India   |   24 Jun 2020 2:18 PM GMT / Updated : 2020-06-24T19:59:15+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Did Govt Make Country Of Origin Label Mandatory on Products For GeM Platform?

As protests to boycott Chinese products in India grow louder with every passing day, a piece of news has gained momentum on social media which says that 'Information about 'Country of Origin' by the sellers on products made mandatory on Government e-Marketplace (GeM)'. GeM is an online, end-to-end marketplace where common user goods and services can be procured by the government officials. The platform was launched on 9th August, 2016 and is managed by GeM Special Purpose Vehicle, a 100% Government Owned, Section 8 Company under the Department of Commerce.

The Logical Indian received requests on the Fact Check number to verify the news.

The same information was circulated on social media too.


Information about 'Country of Origin' by the sellers on products is now mandatory on Government e-Marketplace (GeM).

Fact Check:

The claim is true.

The Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has made it mandatory for sellers to spell out the "Country of Origin" of products they want to sell on the platform. The move comes in a bid to promote Make in India and Aatma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India).

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement on June 23 that the government procurement portal has made it mandatory for sellers to enter the country of origin while registering all new products on GeM. Sellers, who had already uploaded their products before the introduction of this new feature on GeM, are being reminded regularly to update the Country of Origin, with a warning that their products shall be removed from GeM if they fail to update the same.

"In case of Bids, buyers can now reserve any bid for Class I Local suppliers (local content more than 50 percent). For those Bids below INR 200 crore, only Class I and Class II Local Suppliers (local content more than 50 percent and more than 20 percent respectively) are eligible to bid, with Class I supplier getting purchase preference," the statement added.

"Since its inception, GeM is continuously working towards promotion of ''Make in India'' initiative. The marketplace has facilitated the entry of small local sellers in public procurement while implementing Make in India and MSE Purchase Preference Policies of the government in the true sense," it further said.

Below is the statement from the government:

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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Vijay S Hegde

Vijay S Hegde

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I am a creative, artistic and ambitious designer, with a talent for thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative ideas and designs. I graduated with a 1st Class honors degree in Video Editing from MAYA ACADEMY OF ADVANCED CINEMATICS

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