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Govt. May Miss Year-End Deadline On E-commerce Policy

The government is likely to miss the deadline on the e-commerce policy that was supposed to be released by the end of 2019, the Business Standard reported.

The final policy document will be released only after the other technology policies are implemented since the commerce ministry is trying to avoid overlaps and contradictions, the report said.

“We have had several rounds of discussions and we have in place a broad outlook of how the policy will be,” a commerce ministry official told the publication.

The draft e-commerce regulation is supposed to specify regulation related to companies such as Amazon, Uber, Ola and Flipkart. It also expected to clarify foreign direct investment (FDI) norms.

In February, the government released a draft national policy for e-commerce policies, which it had to review following criticism.

A committee has been formed under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPII) to crystalise the guidelines.

Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said in June that the e-commerce policy will be ready within 12 months.

Video streaming platforms, online ticket booking and ride hailing services will likely be included the scope of the guidelines, according to a report by The Economic Times.

Several ministries have started their parallel work on preparing their own norms for the e-commerce sector, the publication said in another report.―Money Control

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