New Delhi: The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in collaboration with all State Governments has appointed State Nodal Officers to accelerate the adoption of Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) Protocol, according to a media release.
ONDC Protocol can rapidly increase the impact of state and central governments’ programs to boost the local economy as well as drive new innovations for each state’s economic growth and enable MSMEs, Farmers/FPOs and agri enterprises, weavers, SHGs, Karkhanas, retailers, startups, and producers or creators of any kind to rapidly increase market access and benefit from e-commerce which is affordable and rapidly scalable.
Since ONDC Protocol enables diverse and significant opportunities for all kinds of participants, the State Nodal Officers for ONDC will drive the customization and rapid adoption of the Network for each state. Working closely with DPIIT, the state’s various departments and organizations, as well as with the ONDC team; the Officers will help spread awareness, empower the local e-commerce ecosystem, and onboard local businesses onto the network. In addition, state governments can integrate existing state portals or systems with the ONDC network for enhancing their scope and impact.
DPIIT is also organizing a nodal officers’ workshop in New Delhi to bring all stakeholders together to drive the initiative in mission mode.
Sharing his insights on the latest development, Sanjiv, JS, DPIIT, said, “We’re excited to have all the states’ Nodal Officers onboard in our mission. This is a stepping stone toward driving population-scale digital transformation in governance and delivering benefits to every citizen of India, suited and customized to each state’s needs and priorities.”
T. Koshy, MD & CEO of ONDC, shared, “We’re deeply grateful to DPIIT for their continued support and guidance to ONDC. We’re confident that the opportunities unlocked as well as the possibilities of tailoring solutions to the needs of each state and segment through the ONDC Network — with the support of States’ Nodal Officers — will be key to truly democratizing digital commerce in India and multiply the effectiveness of existing programs and initiatives multifold”