Ensure e-commerce rules are not relaxed, says CAIT to Center

The Confederation of All Indian Traders has written to the Center asking them to ensure that no relaxation is given to e-commerce businesses.

The Center is in the final stages of drafting new e-commerce rules, which should be launched “soon”.

“… any dilution in the proposed e-commerce rules under the CPA (Consumer Protection Act) will lead to a strong feeling across the country that the government has succumbed to some hidden pressures and that the e-commerce landscape has been offered to the e-commerce world to hijack e-commerce to their advantage, even at the cost of flouting laws and policy … “, CAIT said in a letter to the Union Minister for Trade and Commerce. Industry, Piyush Goyal.

The traders’ body alleged that several foreign-funded e-commerce companies engaged in predatory pricing, large discounts, loss financing, exclusivity, inventory ownership and trading. facilitation of illegal articles through their channels.

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“We are of the opinion that the provisions prohibiting large discounts and flash sales, making electronic markets responsible for the quality of products sold on their platforms, the establishment of robust grievance mechanisms, the stopping of offers discount that distort the market, abusive sales of goods and services, equal treatment of all registered sellers should be an integral and uncompromising point … “the letter reads.

In addition, the traders’ body, through the letter, urged the Center to provide a level playing field for national actors.

“If a level playing field is not struck, traders across the country will be forced to wind up their businesses in stages due to the manipulative and unethical business practices of e-commerce companies,” he added.

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