“Consumers can potentially discover any seller, product or service by using any compatible application or platform, thus increasing freedom of choice for consumers,” he said in a written reply.
It will enable the consumers to match demand with the nearest available supply. This would also give consumers the liberty to choose their preferred local businesses.
“Thus, ONDC would standardize operations, promote inclusion of local suppliers, drive efficiencies in logistics and lead to enhancement of value for consumers,” he said.
ONDC is to be based on opensourced methodology, using open specifications and open network protocols independent of any specific platform. These open protocols would be used for establishing public digital infrastructure in the form of open registries and open network gateways to enable exchange of information between providers and consumers.
ONDC protocols would standardize operations like cataloguing, inventory management, order management and order fulfilment, and provide multiple options to small businesses to be discoverable over network and conduct business. It would also encourage easy adoption of digital means by those currently not on digital commerce networks.
India and EU have agreed to resume the negotiations for a balanced, ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial trade agreement, Parliament was informed. Minister of State for commerce and industry Anupriya Patel told the Lower House that Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, including those on specific issues, are to be held considering the interest of either side.
“The commodities included / excluded in the FTA negotiations are to be finalized based on extensive consultations with the stakeholders, once negotiations resume,” she said.
Freight smart cities
Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal told Lok Sabha that the government is presently holding stakeholder consultations with states, other ministries and technical institutions to explore the development of freight smart cities in the country, and one of the inputs during stakeholder consultations has been to start with a list of 10 such cities, which has not yet been finalised.
State governments, he said, have been requested to identify cities for development as Freight Smart Cities.
The commerce and industry ministry informed Parliament that the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has not issued import license for Gold Dore to any government company in the last three years.
Gold Dore can be imported by refineries against a license issued by the DGFT with Actual User condition.
Attari- Wagah Border Road Trade
The government told Lok Sabha that Pakistan does not allow transit through its territory for Indian goods imported by Afghanistan through the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari that was established in April 2012 to facilitate land-based international trade.
“Bilateral trade between India and Pakistan, including through ICP Attari, remains suspended as a result of unilateral measures taken by Pakistan in August 2019,” Minister of State for commerce and industry Anupriya Patel said in a written reply.
With a view to facilitate an alternate and reliable access route to landlocked countries, in January 2015, India had announced its decision to allow Afghan trucks to enter the Indian territory through ICP Attari for off-loading and loading goods from and to Afghanistan.
In the first six months of 2021, India’s inflation was 5.23% compared to 6.62% in entire 2020, Minister of state (independent charge) for statistics and programme implementation Rao Inderjit Singh told Lok Sabha. On being asked the increase in rate of inflation this year in comparision to last year, he said this was 1.39% lower than 2020.