The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has summoned online food aggregators, including Swiggy, Zomato, Foodpanda and UberEATS, for a meeting today, according to an Economic Times report which cited an anonymous official. According to the source, the meeting has been called to find solutions to issues faced by restaurants. The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) independently confirmed the development and told MediaNama that it is participating in the meeting today. MediaNama has reached out to DPIIT, Swiggy, Zomato, Foodpanda and UberEATS for comment. The ET source also explained that the restaurants have been facing problems similar to those faced by brick-and-mortar retailers in their tussle with e-commerce platforms. They centre around predatory pricing and deep discounting. This development comes six months after over 500 small restaurants had sent an online petition to the Competition Commission…
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