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ONDC project

Date: 07 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The government has issued order for appointing a committee for advising on Open Network for Digital Commerce project.

 

Background

The ONDC is said to be specially designed project to curb monopoly of digital giants and make e-commerce platform open source for all retailers.

 

Details

  • The government plans to open source price discovery, vendor discovery, and seller on boarding and price cataloging in similar lines of Unified Payment Interface.

  • Several e-commerce giants have expressed fear that they may lose the technological advantage, which currently comprises of specially designated teams.

 

Open source of digital commerce

  • Open source implies that the source code and steps used for designing a process is available for everybody to use.

  • Different entities can make use of these steps to modify the platform according to their needs and budget.

  • Once this idea comes into implementation, all digital commerce companies will have to adopt it compulsorily. They will lose their technical advantage.

  • Small retailers and e-commerce startups will receive a big boost for their business. This will also remove monopoly of few giants.

 

Intentions

The Department of Promotion of Industrial and Internal Trade (DPIIT) will standardize operations, include suppliers, digitize value chain, and set up logistics for benefit of e-commerce.