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What is ONDC project?

Context:

The government has appointed National Health Authority CEO Ram Sewak Sharma and Infosys non-executive chairman Nandan Nilekani as members of an advisory council for creating an Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).

Relevance:

GS-III: Industry and Infrastructure (Industrial Growth, Industrial Policy, e-Commerce)

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) project
  2. Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)
  3. What is Electronic Commerce (e-commerce)?
  4. About the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020

Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) project

  • The Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) is a project which is an initiative of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The task of promoting open networks developed on open-source methodology has been given to the Quality Council of India (QCI) for ONDC project.
  • The expectations for ONDC are to digitise the entire value chain, standardise operations, promote inclusion of suppliers, derive efficiencies in logistics, and enhance value for consumers.
  • The main aims of ONDC are to:
  1. Promote open-source methodology, using open specifications and
  2. Promote open network protocols independent of any specific platform
  3. Digitise value chains,
  4. Promote inclusion of suppliers,
  5. Standardize operations,
  6. Derive efficiencies in logistics
  7. Enhance value for consumers.

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)

  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is a central government department working under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • The Department is responsible to formulate and implement promotional & developmental measures for growth of industrial sector based on national priorities and socio-economic objectives.
  • Individual administrative ministries are responsible for planning – production, distribution and developmental aspects of industries allocated to them. But the DPIIT is responsible for overall industrial policy.
  • DPIIT is also responsible to facilitate and increase foreign direct investment (FDI) flows India.

Click Here to read more about e-Commerce in India and the new Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020

-Source: Indian Express

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