Today is the last date for filing your views with India’s Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, on whether India should allow Foreign Direct Investment in E-commerce. If you’re running an E-commerce business in India or are a part of the e-commerce ecoystem as a marketplace, technology service provider, logistics provider, merchant, payment gateway, or like us, just someone who has a view on whether FDI should be allowed in e-commerce or not, you should write an email or a document with your views on the questions below, and send it to ahmed.i@nic.in.

Please also share this questions with those who might be interested.

The questions:

1. Should FDI be allowed in B2C e-commerce?
2. Should FDI be opened for all products or only for non-food products?
3. Whether there should be a limit on minimum capitalization?
4. Should there be a limit on the percentage of sourcing from domestic manufacturers and what should be the limit?
5. What should be the entry routes and FDI caps in B2C e-commerce companies. Should FDI be allowed under an automatic route up to 50%?
6. How will retail sale under MBRT be restricted to States that have agreed to open frontend stores?
7. What are the likely benefits to Indian economy, particularly in terms of FDI inflows, additional employment, back-end infrastructure and efficiency?
8. What should B2C e-commerce cover – Goods, Services and/or Intellectual Property?

Also please note that you don’t necessarily need to answer all the questions above.

Some context has been provided in the discussion paper here, but you don’t necessarily need to read it to answer these questions.

To be honest, we’d forgotten about this, so we’ll write up our response, and publish it for your reference. It’s important to remember that anybody can send their comments to the DIPP on this issue, so please do so, both in your individual capacity, as well as your organization.