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All the changes proposed by Swadeshi Jagran Manch to e-commerce rules

Protect traders, exempt smaller platforms, create a mechanism to identify defaulters, provide explicit clarifications on certain rules, restrain platforms from competing with business users, and prevent misuse of data collected by platforms are some of the many suggestions that Swadeshi Jagran Manch has made to the Department of Commerce on the proposed amendments to e-commerce rules. The government on June 21 proposed amendments that give the existing Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 more teeth. The proposed changes include new rules to address abuse of FDI regulations, the establishment of a grievance redressal mechanism, new display and labelling criteria for foreign goods, the prohibition of flash sales, restrictions on promotions, fall-back liability, among other things. Read: Summary of the proposed amendments to E-Commerce Rules, 2020 Why this matters? SJM has been a prominent voice in criticising the current e-commerce and FDI regulations. It has repeatedly argued that platforms like Amazon and Flipkart are abusing FDI regulations and engaging in anti-competitive practices that are hurting offline retailers as well as smaller sellers on the platform. Its comments on the proposed amendments not only shed light on what the organisation thinks of the rules but will also shape how the final version turns out. What are the submissions made by SJM? Traders and service providers must be protected as well: SJM submitted that the definition for "consumer" in Consumer Protection Act, 2019  does not include a person who buys a good or avails a service for the purpose of resale or for commercial purposes. As such, the rules made under this…

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