Digital India Initiatives

[pib] DigiReady Certification for MSMEs and Small Retailers 


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: DigiReady Certification

Mains level: Read the attached story


  • The Quality Council of India (QCI) and Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) announced the launch of the DigiReady Certification (DRC) portal.

What is DigiReady Certification?

  • Objective: QCI, in collaboration with ONDC, aims to assess and certify the digital readiness of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Self-Assessment Tool: MSMEs can utilize this online self-assessment tool to evaluate their preparedness to onboard as sellers on the ONDC platform, enhancing their digital capabilities and business potential.
  • Streamlined Seller Journey: The portal is designed to facilitate a smooth seller journey, ensuring seamless integration into existing digitized workflows for MSMEs and small retailers.
  • Certification Process: Evaluates various aspects of digital readiness, including documentation for online operations, proficiency in technology usage, integration with existing workflows, and efficient order and catalogue management.
  • Significance: Provides additional business prospects for sellers, enabling them to become integral participants in the digital ecosystem.

Back2Basics: Quality Council of India (QCI):

  • Establishment: Founded in 1997 jointly by the Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT), the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and the Indian industry.
  • Legal Status: Registered as a non-profit organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.
  • Operational Structure: Managed through constituent Boards, primarily the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) and the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL).
  • Composition:
    1. Governed by a Council comprising 38 members with equal representations from government, industry, and consumers.
    2. The Chairman of QCI is appointed by the Prime Minister based on industry recommendations to the government.

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