e-commerce Current Affairs - 2020

K-FON Project of Kerala to be implemented by December

On May 30, 2020, the Kerala Government announced that the ambitious project of the state called the K-FON (Kerala Fibre Optic Network) project is to be implemented by December 2020.

Key Features of the Project

Under the K-FON project the Kerala Government aims to link all the houses and offices in the state with optical fibre network. In order to achieve this, the State Government has allocated Rs 1548 crores. The project is to be implemented by the State IT Infrastructure Limited and State Electricity Board, both owned by the State Government.

The project will ptovide net connectivity to all families even to those that do not fall under Below Poverty Line at affordable rates.


Around 30,000 government offices are to benefit from the project. It also includes educational institutions. Alongside, the project is to give a push to E-Health programmes of the state. The project will also benefit airports, seaports, IT parks, e-commerce platforms. The project is to link mobile towers for better internet services.

Saras Collection launched on the Government E-Marketplace portal, GeM

On May 4, 2020, the Union Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj launched the “The Saras Collection” on the GeM (Government E Marketplace) platform. The Saras Collection aims to promote daily utilities made by self-help groups.


The initiative is a joint effort of the Ministry of rural development, GeM and Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM). Under the initiative, the SHGs (Self Help Groups) will list their products in 5 different categories namely office accessories, handicrafts, handloom and textiles, grocery and pantry and personal care and hygiene.

During the first phase, around 913 SHGs were registered and 442 products were added. The SHGs were from 11 different states. The 11 states include Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh. Kerala, Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Key Features

The GeM under the initiative has provided a dashboard at national, state, district and block level in order to provide real time information about the products that are being uploaded by the SHGs.


The GeM is a government owned portal that was set up as National Public Procurement Portal in order to procure goods and services that are required by the central and state governments. The platform helps to reduce human intervention.