Government Starts Pilot in Himachal Pradesh to Onboard Fair Price Shops on ONDC
According to T Koshy, chief executive of the network, the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) of the Union commerce ministry has started a pilot program in Himachal Pradesh to onboard fair price businesses on the government-backed Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
“The DFPD is funding the program as a pilot with the help of MicroSave, which provides hand-holding support to fair price shops, and nStore as the technology partner,” says Koshy.
The initial order for the pilot was placed on February 6 at 11 fair pricing stores in Himachal Pradesh, six of which were in the Hamirpur district and five of which were in Una. After the scheme is extended throughout the state, DFPD hopes to eventually serve the entire nation.
The pilot helps fair price stores boost their usage and income from market goods while also giving customers in rural areas access to groceries and other necessities through ONDC.
Fair pricing shops on ONDC now provide household groceries that were previously only available at regular kirana stores. These products are available for purchase using ONDC buyer apps, such as Paytm.
MicroSave is a consultancy organisation situated in Lucknow, India. It has been collaborating with the National Payments Corporation of India and top public sector banks to establish cashless ecosystems in certain communities throughout the nation.
ONDC has received 6.75 million cumulative orders as of January. Of these, 3.56 million orders, or 52.8 percent of the total, were related to mobility, and 3.19 million orders, or 47.2 percent, were not
Since its founding a year ago, ONDC has received 6.75 million cumulative orders as of January. Of these, 3.56 million orders, or 52.8 percent of the total, were related to mobility, and 3.19 million orders, or 47.2 percent, were not.
Additionally, according to Koshy, on February 2, Chennai Metro became the first metro network in India to implement ONDC. He stated that Kochi Metro is anticipated to join ONDC in a week. Chennai The ride-hailing app Yaary, a technology partner of Metro, will be the first on the network to enable seamless Metro integration. Yaary recently began mobility services in Hyderabad on ONDC.