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CAIT wants govt to launch e-commerce marketplace for traders

Traders body wants the government to set up the online marketplace so that small traders can sell their products in a 'fair and transparent manner'

Online retailers, e-commerce

Traders' body CAIT Thursday urged the government to launch an e-commerce marketplace portal in partnership with trade associations where small traders, artisans and women entrepreneurs can sell their products in a 'fair and transparent manner'.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said it has also sent a letter to Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu Thursday alleging "that the e-commerce business in India is highly vitiated and has been gripped by a few big online companies who are indulging into predatory pricing, deep discounting and loss funding" against the FDI guidelines of the government.

The commerce and industry ministry notifies FDI policies through press notes. Press Note 3, which was released in 2016, enlists guidelines for foreign direct investment in e-commerce sector.

"The government in association with trade associations should launch an e-commerce marketplace portal where small traders, artisans, women entrepreneur and others can sell their products in a fair & transparent manner," CAIT said to Prabhu.

In the letter to Prabhu, the traders' body also demanded early announcement of an e-commerce policy and formation of a Regulatory Authority to monitor the e-commerce business in India.