No deadline for implementation of e-commerce policy

Even as the government has tightened the noose on the functioning of leading e-commerce platforms in the country and is further evaluating the proposition of bringing in place a dedicated e-commerce policy, it is not looking at a specific timeline for its implementation. In a written reply made in the Rajya Sabha recently, the Minister of State of Commerce and Industry, C. R. Chaudhary maintained that the government is evaluating the recommendations made by the task force to draft a national e-commerce policy.

The task force, set up early last year, had submitted its recommendations around July end. Taking a cue from this, the Department of Commerce had formulated a Draft policy document titled “Electronic Commerce in India: Stakeholder Recommendations Received for a National Policy Framework”.  Consequent to the change in Allocation of Business Rules, “Matters related to e-Commerce” has been transferred to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. And the formulation of e-Commerce policy is under consideration of the Government though no timeline has been fixed for its actual implementation.

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