Central enterprises (CPSEs) across ministries have kicked off FY22 procurement of goods from micro and small enterprises (MSEs) with a cumulative 27.65 percent share (for April, May, and the first week of June) in their overall purchase. The annual procurement target for government buyers from MSEs is 25 percent of their total investment.
According to the data from theMSME Sambandh, 35 CPSEs have made procurement worth Rs 2,884 crore as of June 6, 2021, of which Rs 797.65 crore (27.65 percent) worth procurement was made from 2,052 MSEs. The targetted procurement included a 4 percent target from MSEs owned by SC/ST entrepreneurs and a 3 percent target from women-owned MSEs. The share of FY21 and FY20 procurement from MSEs was 31 percent and 30 percent, respectively.
Ministries with the highest procurement from MSEs, irrespective of their overall annual target, were the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (Rs 382 crore), Ministry of Power (Rs 148 crore), Ministry of Mines (Rs 78 crore), Ministry of HeavyEnterprises (Rs 77 crore), and Ministry of Steel (Rs 65 crore), etc., the data showed. So far, procurement from SC/ST MSEs was worth Rs 27.95 crore (0.97 percent of targeted 4 percent) from 45 enterprises and Rs 65.56 crore (2.27 percent of targeted 3 percent) from 113 women-owned MSEs. In fact, from FY18 onwards, data from the monitoring portal showed that procurement from SCT/ST and women’s MSEs have remained below their targets.
Financial Express Online reported last month. FY21 procurement from MSEs witnessed a marginal decline for theyear to Rs 39,538 crore from Rs 39,632 crore in FY20 and Rs 40,399 crore in FY19. Despite that, the procurement (FY19-21) has been over a 25 percent annual target — 26 percent for FY19, 30 percent for FY20, and 32 percent for FY21.
Last month, the government announced a dedicated portal, effective July 1, 2021, for sellers to file grievances for alleged violations of the Public Procurement (Preference to) Order, 2017. The portal by the Department for (DPIIT) will refer grievances of suppliers and bidders to concerned procuring entities, including ministries and departments “on a real-time basis for examination, necessary corrective action and comments, if any,” DPIIT had said in an office memorandum.