GeM onboarding for walnut, ODOP, concludes at Kupwara
KUPWARA: Jammu & Kashmir Trade Promotion Organisation (JKTPO) in collaboration with Invest India and District administration Kupwara successfully concluded the onboarding drive of ODOP products on Government e-Market place(GeM) for walnut exporters, FPO, entrepreneurs, traders of district Kupwara at DC office complex, Kupwara today.
On the directions of Prashant Goyal, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, JKTPO is engaging with all the districts of UT to promote local ODOP products and create awareness regarding the advantages of selling their products on the Government’s e-Marketplace and other e-commerce platforms.
Walnut is the ODOP of district Kupwara under the District as Export Hub Scheme/ODOP initiative. Jammu and Kashmir accounts for more than 98% of walnut production in India. Locally known as “Doen”, walnuts of Kupwara are naturally organic as no sprays and fertilizers are used in their cultivation.
The onboarding will open the government market for ODOP products especially for gifting/souvenir purposes during major government events, conferences, and summits, especially in view of various G20 meetings to be held across the country in 2023.
During the drive, all the participants were made aware of the benefits of GeM onboarding was given by industrial experts from JKTPO and Invest India. Around 20 participants attended this onboarding drive. Participants who were onboarded on GeM platform won’t be charged any caution/security money.
The event was also graced by the officers of DIC and officers from DC office, Kupwara. This is the third district-level drive for the onboarding of ODOP products on the GeM platform organised by JKTPO in a row after Ganderbal and Budgam.
This drive is the result of the initiative taken by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce who have informed all States/UTS that “ODOP Products” are to be onboarded on the GeM portal and “District Collectors” have been designated as OEMs to facilitate the GeM portal onboarding drive at district level. Artisans/Farmers /FPOs/Artisan Organizations/SHGS/Small entrepreneurs of “ODOP Products” can get onboarded on the GeM portal without any fees and GST.
Pertinently, GeM was launched by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is the national public procurement portal for an online, end-to-end marketplace for open, efficient, and transparent procurement of goods and services by central and state government organizations.
Among those onboarded on spot were Safaan Dry fruits, Athwas Hortifed producer company, Adnan Dry fruits, etc.
JKTPO in the recent past has been actively promoting e-commerce/export awareness in Jammu & Kashmir by organising different workshops at district levels. Like this session for onboarding on GeM, JKTPO also organised awareness drives and onboarding drives for onboarding on the ONDC platform.
JKTPO is also assisting sellers from the UT in forging market linkages by participating in trade fairs and exhibitions at national and international levels.
A similar GeM onboarding drive is scheduled in other districts of the Jammu and Kashmir region in the next coming days.