March 27, 2022 04:34 PM
Public sector lender Punjab National Bank said it has acquired nearly 6 percent stake in public digital e-commerce platform ONDC for Rs 10 crore.
Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) is an initiative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to promote open networks for all aspects of the exchange of goods and services over digital networks.
It is based on open-source methodology, using open specifications and open network protocols, independent of any specific platform.
”Board of Punjab National Bank (PNB) had approved investing in Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC)with an equity participation of 9.5 percent.
Accordingly, the Bank has invested Rs 10 crore for acquiring a 5.97 percent stake of Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) in its first tranche, as per the directives of its board,” Punjab National Bank (PNB) said in a release.
ONDC was incorporated on December 30, 2021, with an early investment from the Quality Council of India and Protean eGov Technologies Limited.
It is expected to digitise the entire value chain, standardise operations, promote inclusion of suppliers, derive efficiencies in logistics, and enhance value for consumers for almost all types of businesses, PNB added.
In the existing platform-centric digital commerce model, buyers and sellers must use the same platform/application to do a business transaction.
With Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) network-centric model, buyers will be able to access all services currently provided by various sellers on different platforms, on a common network, thus making the network interoperable, the lender said.