The Confederation of Merchants of All India criticized Niti Aayog for allegedly “interfering” in e-commerce rules proposed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and suggested that some rules were best left to other ministries and departments, such as the Department of Industry and Internal Trade Promotion (DPIIT).
“It is very unfortunate that Niti Aayog, in the last seven years since its inception, has done absolutely nothing to support eight Indian traders. Now that the government is trying to create a level playing field in the retail sector, Niti Aayog is trying to disrupt the process, ”CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said in a press release issued Saturday.
Nor did Aayog, in an office memorandum published last month, reportedly suggest that e-commerce rules, in areas such as flash sales, be addressed by other bodies (ministries or departments or regulators such as MeITY, DPIIT, CCI) that are specialized and better equipped to address the nuances pertaining to these issues.
CAIT said that the Ministry of Consumer Protection should implement the draft e-commerce rules on consumer protection as soon as possible because they are in the best interest of consumers as well as traders in the country, and will not only ensure the best quality and price for consumers, but also create a robust ecosystem of sustainable growth for Indian traders.