ODOP to form a part of international MICE: Piyush Goyal

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Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, today called for the integration of the One District One Product (ODOP) initiative with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC). The Minister said that ONDC would help in further expanding the frontiers of ODOP by bringing buyers and sellers together on a democratic platform. He was delivering his address after unveiling the unabridged ODOP Gift Catalog containing 300 plus products and the ODOP Storefront on GeM in New Delhi today. 
Terming ODOP as an earnest effort to highlight the tremendous potential that the rich culture and tradition of India has to offer, Goyal said that India’s districts and villages are home to crores of talented weavers, artisans, and craftsmen. 
The Minister observed that for many decades, the fruits of development were asymmetric and confined to some regions. He underscored that there has been a fundamental shift in the thinking of the government in the last 8 years and said that ODOP is aligned with this vision of taking prosperity to each and every part of the country.
Shri Goyal stressed that India can’t develop unless the remotest corners of the nation are also equal stakeholders in development and benefit equally from the fruits of progress. He expressed confidence that ODOP would help bring prosperity to those at the bottom of the pyramid. 
Quoting the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Goyal said that “each district of our country has a potential equal to that of one country. We need to understand this power and channelize this potential.”
Referring to the success that ODOP has seen in several states like Uttar Pradesh, the Minister said that convergence, or’samanvay’, is a critical factor that would propel the success of ODOP. Goyal asked that flagship programmes of the government such as Startup India, Make in India, and districts as export hubs, etc. be converged with the vision of ODOP. He asked all the Ministries of GoI to help further expand the mandate of ODOP through complementary initiatives.
The Minister asked Ministries, Departments, and other government bodies to consider ODOP products exclusively for gifting purposes both within and outside India. He opined that the G20 summit, which is set to take place in India soon, is a great opportunity to showcase ODOP products. He proposed exposing G20 delegates to ODOP products through well-curated exhibitions of high-quality ODOP products and tours of craft villages. 
Goyal also called upon students of eminent institutions like NIFT, NID, and IIFT to find creative methods to amplify ODOP. The Minister also dwelt upon the need to brand ODOP products, most of which are natural and eco-friendly, as sustainable and good for the planet. In this context, Goyal also called for an expansion of the list of GI-tagged products by simplifying, streamlining, and fast tracking the GI tagging process. 
The Minister also called for the expansion of the availability of genuine ODOP products to counter fakes in the market and said that strict action must be taken against those who sell counterfeit products. For arts and crafts that are in crisis because of the low number of artisans engaged in their production, Goyal said that more and more artisans must be trained to take up these crafts so that they may be safeguarded. 
Shri Goyal proposed five action agendas to make ODOP a true game changer. He asked that the ODOP catalogue be made exhaustive to serve as a one-stop gifting destination for ministries, missions, state governments, and industry. He added that the catalogue must serve as a high-quality database of high-quality suppliers. He asked states to get ODOP products catalogued in a manner that improves access and selection and to undertake Search Engine Optimization.
Speaking of the need to improve packaging, Goyal said that each ODOP product has a unique story and characteristics which should be highlighted. Shri Goyal said that there was a need to hold training sessions to help weavers and artisans with GeM onboarding and cataloguing. He opined that common service centres and post offices could be leveraged to provide this training. 
The Minister called for greater international engagement and said that ODOP must form a part of international exhibitions, events, meetings and conferences. He asked Indian missions to ensure that ODOP products received international attention. 
The Minister asked that for festivals and celebrations, the people of the nation must consider gifting at least one ODOP product to friends and family. I believe this is an opportune time to plan and execute this project, in order to realize our collective vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat in this Amrit Kaal, he said.
The ODOP storefront on GeM went live with 75 categories covering products across states and UTs. The purpose of the storefront is to enable direct procurement of ODOP products for gifting or office use by various line ministries, government bodies, and foreign missions abroad. This will enable an international audience for India’s rich and diverse products. 
The Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Mr. Anurag Jain, who was also present at the launch, highlighted the ways in which the ODOP initiative is working to transform the lives of artisans, women, craftsmen, and farmers. He also spoke about the various programmes being undertaken, including exhibitions, buyer-seller meets, and registration drives. 
Several Secretaries to the Government of India, senior State and UT government officials, several industry associations and other dignitaries were present at the ceremony.