Central government has asked all the states to give priority to central government procurement portal 'Government e-Market (GeM)' in government procurement. While reviewing the progress of different projects through ICT platform PRAGATI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal has improved transparency, and has reduced wasteful expenditure. He asked the chief secretaries of all states to give priority to GeM in government procurement. The GeM portal was launched in August last year for online purchases of goods and services by all the central government ministries and departments. In addition to central government departments, as many as nine states including Uttar Pradesh and Telangana have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for smart procurement of goods and services. So far 23,316 sellers are registered with the portal to sell 97,935 products. Four services including tax, security and digitisation and scanning are also there on the website. Earlier, all the purchases of goods and services of central government was handled by Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) but government has taken the decision to shut down over 100-year-old government procurement arm. The public procurement of goods and services is now being managed by the central government e-market platform (GeM) since last year. During his twenty-first interaction through ICT platform PRAGATI, Prime Minister also emphasised on using technology for expediting the various government projects. He reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to patents and trademarks. He also reviewed the progress of nine infrastructure projects including the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and construction of four new AIIMS at Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal, Nagpur in Maharashtra, and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. On Smart Cities project, he said the challenge before everyone is now to ensure implementation and expeditious completion of the work in the 90 identified cities, with high quality. PRAGATI, an integrating and interactive ICT platform aimed at addressing common man\u2019s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the government of India as well as projects flagged by state governments was launched last year. The first twenty meetings of PRAGATI have seen a cumulative review of 183 projects with a total investment of Rs. 8.79 lakh crore and resolution of public grievances in 17 sectors, said government.