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India’s proposed e-commerce rules face objections from within the government: Report

Several provisions of the draft rules including its ban on flash sales ran into internal government dissent.

India's proposed amendments to the e-commerce rules are facing objections from within the government, Reuters reported on September 21 citing several memos. The amendments were proposed in June in response to repeated antitrust complaints against e-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart and they give the existing Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 more teeth. The changes include new rules to limit who can sell on marketplace platforms, 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. The government is currently reviewing the feedback submitted by various stakeholders. Read: Summary of the proposed amendments to E-Commerce Rules, 2020 Objections by the finance ministry The finance ministry had a dozen objections including that the rules are excessive and would hurt job creation and tax revenue. "The proposed amendments are likely…

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