Proposed e-commerce policy to be robust, balanced, says Piyush Goyal

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The minister’s feedback has come following reviews that the DPIIT, the Company Affairs Ministry and the NITI Aayog have objected to some provisions of the draft e-commerce guidelines.

Union minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday assured that each stakeholder’s curiosity can be considered whereas framing the e-commerce coverage which might be strong and within the curiosity of each Indian.

Mr. Goyal, who heads Commerce and Trade in addition to Shopper Affairs ministries, additionally mentioned that he welcomes all of the suggestions on the draft e-commerce guidelines however feedback about inter-departmental points on the draft guidelines are completely unwarranted.

The minister’s feedback has come following reviews that the Division for Promotion of Inside Trade and Commerce (DPIIT), the Company Affairs Ministry and the NITI Aayog have objected to some provisions of the draft e-commerce guidelines.

The report citing an RTI reply has claimed that NITI Aayog has expressed apprehensions that the draft guidelines could hurt ease of doing enterprise.

Mr. Goyal mentioned that the entire goal of an inter-ministerial session was to get views and feedback from completely different quarters.

“I do consider that I welcome all of the suggestions and stay up for a really strong and wholesome consultations with all of the stakeholders…We are attempting to stability everyone’s curiosity and give you a sturdy framework by which this (coverage) may be applied within the curiosity of all Indians,” Mr. Goyal advised PTI.

The very goal of releasing draft guidelines is to elicit public opinion, concepts from different departments, from stakeholders, encourage suggestions, he mentioned, including that the federal government has all the time believed in participating with all of the stakeholders earlier than taking a last resolution on any coverage.

Citing instance of information privateness legislation, nationwide schooling coverage and jewelry hallmarking norms, he mentioned the federal government conducts stakeholders session to reach at resolution.

Home jewellers at the moment are appreciating the hallmarking norms, which they have been opposing earlier tooth and nail, he mentioned.

“The buyer guidelines across the e-commerce are underneath public session. I warmly welcome suggestions from varied stakeholders however I’ve to guard everyone’s curiosity and stability customers curiosity, ecommerce pursuits, retailers pursuits,” he mentioned, including that “everyone’s curiosity can be considered and a balanced and a really strong coverage can be finalized.” When requested if there’s any transfer to hyperlink all of the insurance policies collectively, he mentioned each division has to guard its personal stakeholders.

The DPIIT underneath the Commerce and Trade ministry can be framing a nationwide e-commerce coverage.

“Shopper division has to guard the curiosity of customers. Ecommerce coverage is a matter for trade division to concentrate on, as a result of they’ve to guard the curiosity of trade and inner commerce …so we now have an orderly behaviour within the trade and on the similar time be certain that inner commerce can be protected,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that they’re making an attempt to stability everyone’s curiosity and give you a sturdy framework by which this coverage may be applied within the curiosity of all Indians.

On June 21, the Shopper Affairs ministry launched draft e-commerce guidelines underneath which it banned fraudulent flash sale and mis-selling of products and providers on e-commerce platforms.

Appointment of chief compliance officer/grievance redressal officer are amongst different key amendments proposed to the Shopper Safety (E-Commerce) Guidelines, 2020.

The federal government additionally proposed registration of each e-commerce entity which intends to function in India with the DPIIT. The proposed amendments additionally included e-commerce entities requiring to offer info not later than 72 hours of the receipt of an order from a authorities company for prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of offences underneath any legislation.

In line with analysis agency CUTS Worldwide, many shopper organisations have felt that draft e-commerce guidelines ought to keep on with solely consumer-facing points. The Shopper Safety (E-Commerce) Guidelines, 2020 have been first notified in July final 12 months. Their violation attracts penal motion underneath the Shopper Safety Act, 2019.