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E-commerce norms should treat domestic, foreign players alike: CUTS International

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rules for the should treat both domestic and overseas players equally to boost the fast-growing industry, research and advocacy firm said Sunday.

It said the government should frame a comprehensive national to provide a level playing field to domestic and companies.

"The issue of creating a level playing field between domestic and foreign players in is yet to be resolved, for which a comprehensive National is need of the hour," Secretary General said in a statement.

The new guidelines for FDI in are stricter for having overseas investments providing marketplace service, but there are no such restrictions for local companies and it is creating an uneven playing field, he said.

However, he added that online vendors' concern of discriminatory treatment by remains to be addressed.

Most of the malpractices adopted by e-commerce platforms, including discrimination among its vendors and deep discounts, can be dealt by the Competition Commission of India, Mehta said.

Rules of the game should be fair and non-discriminatory to all players in the retail sector, he said.

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First Published: Sun, January 06 2019. 15:35 IST