This document is an electronic record published by GeM under the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the rules made there under (as applicable) and shall act as valid agreement between Seller / Service Provider and Buyer. Further the use of GeM Portal for Sale / Purchase of Goods / Services and the resulting Contracts shall be governed by the following General Terms and Conditions (GTC) (unless otherwise superseded by Product / Service specific Special Terms and Conditions (STC) and BID/Reverse Auction Additional Terms and Conditions (ATC) as applicable).
Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is the National Public Procurement Portal; an end-to-end online Marketplace for Central and State Government Ministries / Departments, Central & State Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs & SPSUs), Autonomous institutions and Local bodies, for procurement of common use goods & services. The portal is owned and managed by GeM SPV which is a Section 8 (Non-Profit) Company registered under the Companies Act, 2013. GeM SPV operates, monitors and supervises all the business transactions on the portal through the Managed Service Provider as per roles and responsibilities defined in the Legal Framework Document available on GeM portal.
The “Seller on GeM” will be either OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer*) or Seller having authorization to sell products manufactured by the OEM in open market.
* OEM is the owner of the Brand / Trademark of the product being offered or in case of un-registered brand’s products / products with own brand, the actual manufacturer of the final product.
In case of Services related to Goods, Service Provider on GeM will be either OEM or Service Provider having authorization to Service products manufactured by that OEM in open market. In respect of other Services, Service Provider on GeM will be any legal entity offering its services.
By registering on GeM portal , Seller / Service Provider hereby agrees to be bound by these General Terms and Conditions for Sale / Purchase of Goods and / or Services (GTC); Product / Service Specific Special Terms and Conditions (STC) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for various Services; and Additional (Bid Specific) Terms and Conditions (ATC) as applicable.
For the purpose of this document and transactions on GeM, Seller as well as Service Provider will be referred to as “Seller”
Buyer Registration on GeM is divided in two categories:
Primary User: In GeM , the Primary User is as under:
Any officer of Central / State Government / PSU / Autonomous Bodies / Local Bodies / Constitutional Bodies / Statuary Bodies at the level of Deputy Secretary of the Government of India or equivalent
Head of the Office at Sub Centre / Unit / Branch, can Register his / her organization / unit on GeM portal as Primary User.
Primary User shall be responsible for registering the organization on GeM, for creating User accounts for Secondary Users, assigning them roles and responsibilities on GeM and for supervision of all transactions performed by Secondary Users under him / her.
Primary User shall also be vicariously responsible for ensuring compliance of General Financial Rules and / or Rules Governing Public Procurement in respect of their organization, all GeM terms and conditions and other Procurement Policies / Guidelines notified by the government from time to time, by all the secondary users including timely payments and for dispute resolutions as per GeM terms and conditions.
Primary user cannot perform any Procurement related transactions on GeM portal.
Secondary Users: Secondary Users are officials responsible for procurement transactions on GeM including Placement of Contracts, Receipt of Stores, and Payments to the Sellers etc. The access rights permissible to registered Secondary users would be decided by the Primary User of the Department. Secondary Users may be given the roles of Buyer / Consignee / Drawing and Disbursement Office (DDO) / Paying Authority etc. For transaction on GeM portal, Buyer is the official who is responsible for processing procurement transaction upto Order Placement stage. Consignee is the Secondary User in Buyer Organization responsible for certifying receipt and acceptance of the goods procured.
Buyer’s responsibilities on GeM portal are as under:
Enabling provisions of Rule 149 of General Financial Rules- 2017egardingprocurement through GeM and necessary guidelines and terms and conditions thereon:
GeM portal may be utilized by the Government buyers for on-line purchases as under :-
Following documents shall be construed to be part of the contract generated through GeM:
The Terms and Conditions stipulated in STC will supersede those in GTC and Terms and Conditions stipulated in ATC will supersede those in GTC and STC in case of any conflicting provisions.
Such e-Performance Bank Guarantee, in prescribed format, from a scheduled commercial bank must be submitted by Seller to the Buyer within 5 days of notification of acceptance of bid and communication of contract / demand no. The formal Contract will be issued only after receipt of on-line confirmation e-PBG from the issuing bank to the advising bank selected by the Buyer.
If the Seller fails or neglects to observe or perform any of his obligations under the contract it shall be lawful for the Buyer to forfeit either in whole or in part, the Performance Security furnished by the Seller.
If the Seller duly performs and completes the contract in all respects the Buyer shall, refund the Performance Security to the Seller within 30 days of completion of all contractual obligations by the Seller.
All the Users in GeM i.e. Seller as well as Buyer agree not to indulge in any corrupt practices including without limitation any activity or action to influence the transaction on any aspect of contract and commit to take all measures necessary to prevent corruption maintaining complete transparency and fairness in all activities related to GeM. Users agree to follow and adhere with the Integrity Pact guidelines provided on GeM Portal.
Payments shall be made to the Seller in the manner below:
All the Goods or Services in the GeM shall be offered on Free Delivery at Site basis including loading/unloading. In respect of items requiring installation, commissioning and other services in the scope of supply (as indicated in respective product category specification / STC / ATC), the cost of the same shall also be included in the offer price.
Seller shall indicate the quantity which can be supplied over the specified time period(s). The Seller would offer these details, which would constitute the part of the awarded Contract(s) in the GeM and would make a binding Contract between the Seller & the Buyer. Any modification thereto shall be mutually agreed and incorporated in the Contract. This Delivery Period/Time shall be deemed to be essence of the Contract and delivery must be completed not later than such date(s).
Buyer may, on the request of the Seller or otherwise, extend the delivery date suitably subject to the following conditions:
In the event of any question, dispute or difference arising connection with the Contract, the Parties shall use their respective reasonable endeavour to settle any dispute amicably. If a Dispute is not resolved within 30 days after written notice of any dispute by one Party to the other, the same shall be resolved through the mechanism of a co-ordination committee to be formed by the Buyer and Seller/Service Provider and to be chaired by the Primary User of Buyer Organization/Department along with representatives from Buyer Department and Seller.
In the event of any question, dispute or difference arising under the terms and conditions of the contract placed through GeM, the same shall be referred to the sole arbitration by an officer nominated as Arbitrator by the Primary Buyer of the concerned Buyer Organization. It will be no objection that the arbitrator is a Government Servant and that he had to deal with the matters to which the contract relates or that in the course of his duties as a Government servant he has expressed views on all or any of the matters in dispute or difference. The award of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties to the contract. The arbitration shall be governed as per Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 as amended up to date. The place for arbitration shall be at the place from where contract has been placed by the Buyer or at the place of Primary Buyer as decided by the Primary Buyer.
In the event of the Arbitrator dying, neglecting or refusing to act or resigning or being unable to act for any reason, or his award being set aside by the court for any reason, it shall be lawful for the Primary Buyer to appoint another arbitrator in place of the outgoing arbitrator in the manner aforesaid.
In respect of all contract placed through GeM, the dispute would not be referred or entertained by Micro and Small Enterprise Facilitation Council, Consumer Forum or any other adjudication forum.
All disputes in connection with the Contract, shall besubject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court within the local limits of whose jurisdiction, the place from where Contract was issued is situated
GeM SPV would not be a party to any such dispute/matter.
Notwithstanding anything contained in this agreement, no party will be liable for any special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with this agreement or any breach hereof (including for loss of data or profits, or cost of cover), whether or not such party has been advised of the possibility of such damages, and whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise; except for liabilities arising out of any violation, misappropriation or infringement of a party’s intellectual property rights, or from a breach by either party of its obligation. In no event will either party’s aggregate liability arising out of or in connection with this agreement or any breach hereof (whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or otherwise) exceed the Contract Price entered into the Contract between Buyer and Seller.
If the Seller does not perform its obligations within the Delivery Period/Date mentioned in the Contract, the same would constitute the breach of the Contract and the Buyer shall have the right to Cancel or withdraw the Contract for the unsupplied portion after the expiry of the original or re-fixed delivery date or period stipulated in the Contract. Such cancellation of contract on account of non -performance by the Seller would entitle the Buyer to forfeit the performance security besides other actions such as downgrading the Seller’s rating or debarment from the GeM for specified period as decided by GeM on merits.
After satisfactory completion of all the obligations under the Contract and release of payments for the goods / services, the transaction shall be treated as closed.
The Seller would be liable for administrative actions such as suspension / debarment / removal from GeM, if they fail to abide by any of the terms & conditions stipulated in this document and/or on the following grounds, if the Seller:-
The grounds mentioned above are illustrative only. Users are advised to read the list of prohibited activities published on the website.
Government e-Marketplace – GeM SPV is the owner of the GeM portal which monitors and supervises all the business transactions on the portal. The role and responsibilities of the company are as under: